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Bramha – The Creator

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As per Hinduism, Brahma is the creator of the universe and of all living beings. The oldest and the holiest scriptures of the Hindus are credited to Brahma. Brahma is the father of Dharma Brahma’s popularity is not so great when compared to Vishnu and Shiva but he is one of the Trinity. Brahma’s presence can be found in most of the Hindu scriptures but his presence is not so big in temples and homes like Lord Vishnu or Lord Shiva. Hardly can you see a temple for Brahma but one of the famous ones is situated in Pushkar in Rajasthan. Brahma is referred to as Prajapati and is the son of God. As per the Shatapatha Brahmansays, Brahma was born of the Supreme Being Brahman and the female energy, Maya. It is believed that Brahman in order to create the universe first created the water and placed his seed in it. The seed is transformed into a golden egg from which Brahma appeared and because of this Brahma is known as Hiranyagarbha.

Another story says that is self born out of the lotus flower which grew from the navel of Lord Vishnu. To create the universe Brahma is said to have given birth to 11 forefathers of the human race called the Prajapatis and the seven sages, Spatharishis. These children of Brahma are called Manasputras because they were born out his mind and not the body. Brahma has four heads, four arms and red skin. Brahma carries no weapon like the other Gods. He carries a water-pot, a spoon, the Vedas, a rosary and a lotus. He sits in a lotus pose on the lotus flower and has a white swan for moving around. He is said to have the magical ability to separate milk from a mixture of water and milk and sports a long white beard and each of his heads recites the four Vedas. The four faces are the four Vedas, and the four hands represent the four basic directions. The beads represent the substances used in the creation and the book represents knowledge.

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