Indian Mythology (by ApamNapat)

Brahma - The Creator


Brahma is the the creator part of the supreme trinity of hinduism - Shiva, Vishnu, Brahma. He is normally not worshipped alone, but as part of the Dhattatreya, which is all the three aspects in one form.

He is said to have been born out of a lotus that grew out of the navel of Vishnu. He was given the four Vedas by Vishnu and bidden to commence the aspect of creation. To assist in this task, he created the Prajapatis, who are his ManasaPutras (wish-born-sons). They are namely: Daksha, Vasishta, Kashyapa, Bhrigu, Angirasa.

Originally he had five heads. Once when he got into an argument with Shiva as to who is more powerful, Shiva cut one of his heads off, leaving only Shiva with five heads.

He is also the most naive of the trinity, often granting boons to the Asuras without proper thought, causing them to become more powerful than the Devas, and upsetting the cosmic balance.

His consort is Saraswati, the goddess of learning. Unlike Shiva and Vishnu he does not intervene directly in the affairs of men, however, he does grant many boons when penances are directed towards him. This facility is mostly utilized by the demons, who usually seek the boon of immortality. Since no mortal may be made immortal, the usual boon granted is either excluding most common means of death or specifying the exact (and improbable) means for death. Needless to say, they are thwarted in the end.

According to the Satapatha Brahmana, the names of the mind-born sons of Brahma are Vasishta, Kashyapa, Vishwamitra, Jamadagni, Gautama, Bharadwaja and Atri. The Vayupurana adds Bhrigu as the eighth mind-born son.

Last Modified At: Wed Nov 17 22:56:13 2004