One day in the Middle East about four thousand years ago, an elderly but still rather astonishingly spry gentleman took his son for a walk up a hill. The young man carried on his back some wood that his father had told him they would use at the top to make an altar, upon which they would then perform the ritual sacrifice of a burnt offering.
Please help us pay for the servers and web services required to operate our non-profit organization's website. Brahma is the Hindu creator god. He is also known as the Grandfather and as a later equivalent of Prajapati, the primeval first god.
British Broadcasting Corporation Home. Article about Brahma, the first god in the Hindu trimurti. He is regarded as the senior god and his job was creation.
Brahma is the first god in 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 destroy it in order to re-create. Brahma's job was creation of the world and all creatures. His name should not be confused with Brahmanwho is the supreme God force present within all things. Brahma is the least worshipped god in Hinduism today.
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There are only two temples in the whole First god ever India devoted to him, compared with the many thousands devoted to the other two. Brahma has four he and it is believed that from these he came the four Vedas the most ancient religious texts for Hindus. Some also believe that the caste systemor four varnas, came from different part of Brahma's body.
There are a of stories in the Hindu mythology which point to why he is rarely worshipped. These are two of them. The first view is that Brahma created a woman in order to aid him with his job of creation. She was called Shatarupa. She was so beautiful that Brahma became infatuated with her, and gazed at her wherever she went.
This caused her extreme embarrassment and Shatarupa tried to turn from his gaze. But in every direction she moved, Brahma sprouted a head until he had developed four. Finally, Shatarupa grew so frustrated that she jumped to try to avoid his gaze. Brahma, in his obsession, sprouted a fifth head on top of all.
It is also said in some sources that Shatarupa kept changing her form. She became First god ever creature on earth to avoid Brahma. He however, changed his form to the male version of whatever she was and thus every animal community in the world was created. Lord Shiva admonished Brahma for demonstrating behaviour of an incestuous nature and chopped off his fifth head for 'unholy' behaviour. Since Brahma had distracted his mind from the soul and towards the cravings of First god ever flesh, Shiva's curse was that people should not worship Brahma.
As a form of repentance, it is said that Brahma has been continually reciting the four Vedas since this time, one from each of his four he. A second view of why Brahma is not worshipped, and a more sympathetic one, is that Brahma's role as the creator is over. It is left to Vishnu to preserve the world and Shiva to continue its path of cosmic reincarnation.
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Who is Brahma? What does Brahma look like? He has four arms and is usually depicted with a beard. Brahma's consort is Saraswati, goddess of knowledge.
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