1) Brahma – the creator
2) Vishnu – the maintainer or preserver
3) Shiva – the destroyer or transformer
This trio is often addressed as “Brahma-Vishnu-Maheshwara”.
But one out of these three is conspicuous by absence (or very limited presence) in the numerous temples all over the world is the ‘progenitor or great grandsire of all human beings’ – Lord Brahma. (post on this later)
Brahma is the great great grandfather of Manu and from Manu all human beings are descended.
There are numerous legends about the origins of Lord Brahma.
1) According to Manu Smriti and the Shatapatha Brahmana, Brahma emerged from Brahman, the Supreme Being. Brahman wanted to create the universe. He first created water into which he deposited his seed. This seed became a golden egg, and from this egg, he was born as Brahma or Hiranyagarbha (born of the golden egg)
2) According to Vaishnavism, Brahma arose from a 1,000-petalled lotus that grew out of Vishnu’s navel.
3) According to a few Puranas, Brahma is the son of the Supreme Being and his female energy Maya.
Different legends give different versions of the origins of Brahma. But the only constant factor is the fact that all the legends maintain that it was Brahma who is incharge of ‘creation’.
Starting this post we start on a journey in which we will gradually unravel Brahma’s creations and try and find out about our ‘forefathers’.
Let’s seek the blessings of the ‘srishti rachayta’ before embarking on this mission.
Om Brang Brahmaneya Namaha