In Hindu mythology, the senior member of the triad, or Trimurti,
of the great gods (Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva). In later times he became symbolized as the supreme eternal deity whose
essence pervades the entire universe. According to Puranas he is self-born (without mother) in the lotus which grows from
the navel of Vishnu at the beginning of the universe. He is the father of Saraswati. However, being the Creator,
all of his "sons" are "manas-putras", or mind-sons, indicating their birth from Brahma's mind and not from his body.
Brahma only occasionally interferes in the affairs of the gods, and
even more rarely in mortal affairs. He did force Somato give Tara back to her husband, Brihaspati. He is considered the father
of Dharma and Atri. Brahma lives in Brahmapura, a city located on Mt. Meru.
Brahma is an agent of Brahman, the Supreme Being or Absolute of Hinduism.
Brahma is traditionally depicted with four heads and four faces and
four arms. Each head recites one of the four Vedas. The hands hold a water-pot used in creating life, a string of beads used
to keep track of the Universe's time, the text of the Vedas, and a lotus flower.
Brahma is traditionally depicted with four heads and four faces and four arms.
Each head recites one of the four Vedas. The hands hold a water-pot used in
creating life, a string of beads used to keep track of the Universe's time, the text of the Vedas, and a lotus flower.
The acquiring of Brahma's heads makes for an interesting legend.
When Brahma was creating the universe, he made a female deity known as Shatarupa (one with a hundred beautiful forms). Brahma
was immediately infatuated. Shatarupa moved in various directions to avoid the gaze of Brahma. But wherever she went, Brahma
developed a head. Thus, Brahma developed five heads, one on each side and one above the others. In order to control Brahma,
Shiva cut off the top head. Also, Shiva felt that Shatarupa was Brahma's daughter, being created by him. Therefore, Shiva
determined, it was wrong for Brahma to become obsessed with her. He directed that there be no proper worship in India for
the "unholy" Brahma. Thus, only Vishnu and Shiva continue to be worshipped, while Brahma is almost totally ignored. Ever since
the incident, Brahma has been reciting the four Vedas in his attempt at repentance.