Why Is Brahma Not Worshipped?

Updated: Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 16:54 [IST]
 
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You all must have heard about the Holy Trinity of Hinduism. The Trinity consists of the three most powerful Gods- Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Of these three, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva are worshipped almost all over the world, wherever Hinduism is prevalent. However you may have noticed, that Lord Brahma is never worshipped. There is no particular day dedicated to Brahma. Neither Lord Brahma has any re-incarnations nor does any temple have His idol. Ever wondered why?

According to the scriptures, Lord Brahma is the creator. All the living beings on this Earth are said to be originated from Brahma. He is the God of wisdom and all the four Vedas are believed to have originated from His four heads. In spite of all these credentials, Lord Brahma is not worshipped by anyone. If you want to find out the reason, then read on.

Why Is Brahma Not Worshipped?

Curse of Shiva

According to legends, once Brahma and Vishnu were overcome with the sense of self-importance. They began to argue as to who was the greater of the two. As the argument became heated, Lord Shiva had to intervene. Shiva took the form of a gigantic linga (the phallic symbol of Shiva). The lingam was made of fire and it extended from the heaven to the underworld. The lingam told both Brahma and Vishnu that if any of them could find the end of the lingam, He will be declared as the greater of the two.

Both Brahma and Vishnu agreed to the deal and set out in opposite directions of the lingam to find its end. But as they kept searching for years, they realized that the lingam had no end. Vishnu realized the fact that Shiva was the greatest among the Trinity. But Brahma decided to trick Shiva. While he was on the search of the end, he passed the flower of Ketaki at the uppermost part of the lingam. He requested the Ketaki flower to testify before Shiva that Brahma had reached the uppermost part of the lingam and had seen the end. The Ketaki flower agreed.

When brought before Shiva, the flower falsely testified that Brahma had seen the end. Lord Shiva became furious at this lie. He then cursed Brahma that He would never be worshipped by any human being. He also cursed the Ketaki flower that it would not be used in any Hindu ritual. Hence, Brahma was cursed not to be worshipped by anyone.

Curse Of Saraswati

According to another legend, after Brahma took birth, he soon created Goddess Saraswati. As soon as He created Her, He became overpowered by the ethereal beauty. But Saraswati did not want to be associated with carnal desire and she changed her forms to escape from Brahma's sexual overtures. But He did not give up. Finally, unable to control Her anger, the Goddess cursed Brahma that He would not be worshipped by any being on Earth.

Hence, Brahma is not worshipped in Hinduism in spite of being the Creator. Brahma's lust signifies the fall of humanity. In Hinduism, it is believed that the basic desires hinders the path to salvation. But the Creator fell prey to the basic desires and so the downfall of humanity was inevitable.

Topics: hinduism
Story first published:  Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 15:54 [IST]
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