Last updated 2009-08-24
Article about Brahma, the very first maker ter the Hindu trimurti. He is regarded spil the senior aker and his job wasgoed creation.
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Who is Brahma?
Brahma is the very first schepper te the Hindu triumvirate, or trimurti. The triumvirate consists of three gods who are responsible for the creation, upkeep and destruction of the world. The other two gods are Vishnu and Shiva.
Vishnu is the preserver of the universe, while Shiva’s role is to demolish it te order to re-create.
Brahma’s job wasgoed creation of the world and all creatures. His name should not be confused with Brahman, who is the supreme Aker force present within all things.
Brahma is the least idolized aker ter Hinduism today. There are only two temples te the entire of India loyal to him, compared with the many thousands faithful to the other two.
What does Brahma look like?
Brahma has four goes and it is believed that from thesis goes came the four Vedas (the most ancient religious texts for Hindus). Some also believe that the caste system, or four varnas, came from different part of Brahma’s assets.
He has four arms and is usually depicted with a beard.
Brahma’s consort is Saraswati, queen of skill.
Why is Brahma not adored so much?
There are a number of stories te the Hindu mythology which point to why he is uncommonly idolized. Thesis are two of them.
The very first view is that Brahma created a woman ter order to aid him with his job of creation. She wasgoed called Shatarupa.
She wasgoed so beautiful that Brahma became infatuated with hier, and gazed at hier wherever she went. This caused hier extreme embarrassment and Shatarupa attempted to turn from his gawp.
But ter every direction she moved, Brahma sprouted a head until he had developed four. Eventually, Shatarupa grew so frustrated that she hopped to attempt to avoid his gawp. Brahma, te his obsession, sprouted a fifth head on top of all.
It is also said ter some sources that Shatarupa kept switching hier form. She became every creature on earth to avoid Brahma. He however, switched his form to the masculine version of whatever she wasgoed and thus every animal community te the world wasgoed created.
Lord Shiva admonished Brahma for demonstrating behaviour of an incestuous nature and chopped off his fifth head for ‘unholy’ behaviour. Since Brahma had dispersed his mind from the soul and towards the cravings of the skin, Shiva’s curse wasgoed that people should not idolize Brahma.
Spil a form of repentance, it is said that Brahma has bot continually reciting the four Vedas since this time, one from each of his four goes.
A 2nd view of why Brahma is not adored, and a more sympathetic one, is that Brahma’s role spil the creator is overheen. It is left to Vishnu to preserve the world and Shiva to proceed its path of cosmic reincarnation.