28 Facts About Brahma


Brahma is a Hindu god, referred to as "the Creator" within the Trimurti, the trinity of supreme divinity that includes Vishnu, and Shiva.

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Brahma was overshadowed by other major deities like Vishnu, Shiva, and Devi, and demoted to the role of a secondary creator, who was created by the major deities.

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Brahma is commonly depicted as a red or golden complexioned bearded man, with four heads and hands.

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Brahma is seated on a lotus and his vahana is a hamsa .

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Brahma is revered in the ancient texts, yet rarely worshiped as a primary deity in India, owing to the absence of any significant sect dedicated to his veneration.

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Some Brahma temples are found outside India, such as at the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok.

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The egg broke open and Brahma, who had created himself within it, came into existence .

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Brahma created people to populate and live on his creation.

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Brahma'storians believe that some of the major reasons of Brahma's downfall were the rise of Shaivism and Vaishnavism, replacement of him with Shakti in the Smarta tradition and the frequent attacks by Buddhist, Jains and even by Hindu followers of Vaishnavas and Shaivites.

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Brahma is a "secondary creator" as described in the Mahabharata and Puranas, and among the most studied and described.

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Some texts suggest that Brahma was born from a lotus emerging from the navel of the god Vishnu and from Lord Brahma's wrath, Shiva was born.

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Yet others suggest the goddess Devi created Brahma, and these texts then go on to state that Brahma is a secondary creator of the world working respectively on their behalf.

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Brahma creates all the forms in the universe, but not the primordial universe itself.

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Brahma, states this Purana, emerges at the moment when time and universe is born, inside a lotus rooted in the navel of Hari .

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The scriptures assert that Brahma is drowsy, errs and is temporarily incompetent as he puts together the universe.

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Brahma then becomes aware of his confusion and drowsiness, meditates as an ascetic, then realizes Hari in his heart, sees the beginning and end of the universe, and then his creative powers are revived.

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Brahma's is the one, states Skanda Purana, who combined the three Gunas - Sattva, Rajas, and Tamas - into matter to create the empirically observed world.

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Brahma is traditionally depicted with four faces and four arms.

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Brahma's hands hold no weapons, rather symbols of knowledge and creation.

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Brahma is often depicted with a white beard, implying his sage-like experience.

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Brahma sits on lotus, dressed in white, with his vehicle – hansa, a swan or goose – nearby.

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Brahma is associated largely with the Vedic culture of yajna and knowledge.

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In some Vedic yajna, Brahma is summoned in the ritual to reside and supervise the ritual in the form of Prajapati.

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Brahma's is considered to be "the embodiment of his power, the instrument of creation and the energy that drives his actions".

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Statue of Brahma is present at the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok, Thailand and continues to be revered in modern times.

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Brahma is known in Chinese as Simianshen, Simianfo or Fantian, Tshangs pa in Tibetan and Bonten in Japanese.

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The name Brahma is used as the name of a mountain in the Tengger Mountains range, namely Mount Bromo.

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When Hindu society began to disappear from Java and the era of Walisongo's wayang kulit began to emerge, Brahma's role as creator in the shadow puppet standard was given to a figure named Sang Hyang Wenang, while Brahma himself was renamed to Brama where he was a ruling god.

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