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Is Brahma/Prajapati/Hiranyagarbha said to be a Brahmin?

Is caste system only for humans? has the caste of many RigVedic Gods - but Brahma/Prajapati/Hiranyagarbha is missing from the list. Does any other scripture say that Brahma is a Brahmin and is that ...
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is SM Srinivasa Chari saying that Brahma has only three heads now?

In his book "Vaishnavism Its Philosophy, Theology and Religious Discipline" SM Srinivasa Chari (Motilal Banarsidass, 4th reprint, Delhi 2018) writes on page 141: the other episode refers to ...
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Did each two of the Trimurti stop working while the third works?

Did each two of the Trimurti stop working while the third person of the Trimurti works? I.e: when Brahma creates, Vishnu and Shiva stop working (preservation/destruction), when Vishnu preservates, ...
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Is brahma born from navel of Vishnu?

We all have seen paintings of Vishnu where Brahma is shown to sprout out of the navel of Vishnu. What is the truth behind Brahma emerging from the navel of Vishnu?
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Regarding a story in Shiva Purana

Shiva Purana mentions a story in shows an argument between Vishnu and Brahma on who is superior, Then Shiva resolves the dispute by taking the form of an infinite light which expands on both sides, ...
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Names of lord Brahma from Skanda puran translated to English?

Please, could you give me 108 names of lord Brahma from Skanda puran translated to English?
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Are these the most powerful astra of each of the tridevas?

I have come across people who say the most powerful astra of Tridevas are: Lord Shiva- शिवज्ज्वर अथवा माहेश्वरज्जवर(Shivjjwar or Maaheshwarjjwar) Lord Vishnu- विष्णुज्वर(Vishnujwar) Lord Brahmaa- ...
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What are symbols for worshipping Goddess Sarasvati, Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Brahma of the trinity pantheon?

It is often said that when there was a feud/ struggle for Swarga between deisms (led by Lord Indra) and devils(led by Jalandhar) the deisms were unable to assassinate Jalandhar due to piousness of her ...
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Is Lord Brahma described as 4 faced in the Vedas?

In the Puranas we have several references for Brahma having four faces - Ex - ŚB 9.1.9 Is there any reference of Lord Brahma having 4 heads in the Vedas? Is it a later added part in the puranas? ...
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What happens to Lord Brahma after a Kalpa and after a Mahakalpa?

1.Does Lord Brahma sleeps after each kalpa and then again wakes up after pralaya and again does creation or he merges into the Lord after each kalpa and manifests again? 2.If he manifests in each ...
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Why is there a contradiction in the concept of Lord Brahma?

We know from scriptures about the time durations in the cosmology , about Yugas , Chaturyugas , Kalpas,etc. Also,we know after Lord Brahma's 100 years will pass then he will reborn after Mahapralaya. ...
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According to Hindu scriptures which location on earth had the first human settlements?

According to Hindu scriptures, after Brahma created the first humans and decided to populate the earth with early human settlements, in which geographical location did he put them. I want to know the ...
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Why are there contrasting creation stories in Hinduism?

I have so far read two contrasting creation stories in Hindu mythology. One was in the book Shakti Mantras by Thomas Ashley-Farrand, where Sri Brahma, seated on a lotus, grew out of Sri Narayana's ...
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Do stories, such as Prajapati having intercourse with his daughter or creating cattle out of his sperm, have any scriptural basis?

The stories mentioned in the question are from the reference below. Do these stories have any scriptural basis, and if so, I would like to understand the ethical concerns/dilemmas regarding these ...
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Why was the post of Lord Indra so much sought after by the Asuras instead of that of Lord Brahma?

Why were the asuras more interested in doing penance to obtain the throne of the Ruler of Heaven compared to that of Lord Brahma, when it can be understood that the post of Lord Brahma wielded more ...
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Historical Origin of Deities

Current Hinduism knows several deities as Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, Krishna, ... , each having a meaning in the same religious/philosophical context. According to source research, have all these deities ...
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Brahma's seventh birth

Vaishampayana while narrating Hayagriva story details how Brahma worshipped Narayana. In that Brahma says: As regards myself, I have sprung through thy Grace. From thee have I derived my birth. My ...
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What are Parva days and restrictions on cutting trees

When Brahma was distributing Indra's sin of killing Brahmin, he asks trees to take portion. The trees asks for the means how they can be rescued from this. Then, Brahman said, 'This sin that you ...
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What all things change after each Manvantara?

Like I know that the names of Manu changes. So does the name of Indra and the Saptarishis. What other things/names change ? And are all events of each kalpa identical to each other ?
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Did Maharshi Narada curse Lord Brahma?

When Lord Brahma cursed Narada Muni to become a Gandharva, did Narada curse him back?
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Which Shaiva / Shaivite sect was started by or joined by Vishnu & Brahma?

According to Skanda Purana 1.3b.16 this happened after Shiva commanded his 2 creations - Vishnu & Brahma - to worship him as per the Agamas:- Viṣṇu and Brahmā wore matted hair and applied sacred ...
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Vishnu & Brahma worshiped Shiva in which cremation grounds (Shamshan Ghat) for 16000 years?

Shiva's supremacy was established after the Fiery Linga incident and he commanded Vishnu & Brahma to worship him using the Agamas. They did so for sixteen thousand years. Skanda Purana 1.3b.16.62 :...
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Parabrahman as generator of thoughts

Every human (in fact living organism) has thoughts throughout the lifetime. Thoughts occur to humans during jagrit and Swapna avasthas. Modern science believes that the brain is responsible for the ...
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Why didn't Rudra incur any sin for killing Vishnu?

When Shiva's form (Kaal Bhairav) just cut off one of Brahma's heads he incurred the great sin of Brahma-Hatyaa and became a skull-bearer who lived by begging in Brahma's skull. But it looks like no ...
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Who were Brahma's Manasputras? How many of them were there?

According to Hindu Puranas, in the beginning, Mahavishnu created Brahma. Then, Brahma created his Manasputras. How many Manasputras were there? Who were they? Please give direct reference from Puranas....
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Why is our universe the smallest kind in existence?

I read that our universe is the smallest kind, because the Brahma in this universe only has four heads, while in larger universes Brahma has for example, a million heads. Why does a universe kind ...
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How can one become brahma/vishnu/shiv?

I heard that one can become Indra if he does 1000 rajsuvi/ashwamedha yajna(not sure). But is there anywhere in shastras written how can one become one among tridevs?
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Is Brahma said to have 4 or 5 heads only in the itihasapuranas?

Is it true that in shruti works, Prajapati, Hiranyagarbha and other forms of Brahma are not said to have multiple heads?
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Does the Srivaishnavite sect say that Vishnu created Chaturmukha Brahma?

Siva is said to have incurred sin by cutting off Brahma's fifth head. The Srivaishnavite sect accepts this and if I recall correctly, some Vaishnavite temples in the South have sthalapuranams that ...
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What's is the relative sacred body part name for Lord Brahma similar to Padmanabha and Shivalinga for Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva respectively?

I have noticed that the names denoting the sacred body part of Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva are Padmanabha and Shivalinga respectively. I am thinking "Head" is the sacred body part of Lord ...
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Does Ramayana say that Brahma was born from the belly lotus of Vishnu?

It seems unlikely because he is equated to Parabrahman in some places in the Ramayana.
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How human age is related to number of breaths?

Is it true that brahma assigns certain number of breaths to each creature based on karma? Why it's breaths count and not time?
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According to Smarta, all of three of the "Trimurti" are equal. But why isn't Brahma given the same significance as Vishnu and Shiva?

Even Puri Shankaracharya said that chanting the name of Narayana and Shiva would have the same benefits. However, why don't anyone give such importance to Brahma?
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What's the name of the current Brahmā (ब्रह्मा)?

According to popular scripture views, Brahmā ( ब्रह्मा ) is a post, much like the Manu, Indra, Sapta-Rishis, etc., although with a huge difference in terms of their lifetime span. Again, by some ...
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What is the story of Lord Shani's wife Neelam?

As discussed in this QnA, the Tamil version attributes Mandha Devi & Jyesta Devi as Shani dev's wife. However, the more commonly accepted or albeit, say, as per the popular stories, it is the ...
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Etymology of the word Brahmā (ब्रह्मा)

Brahmā (ब्रह्मा) who is the creator aspect of the Trimurti God, while Vishnu (विष्णु) and Shiva (शिव ) being the Preserver and the Destroyer aspects. The most frequently used etymological meaning for ...
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Do Gods really exist as entities with a specific appearance?

I know that Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwar are representations of creation, protection, and destruction cycles. Do they really exist as entities with a specific appearance?
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Did Krishna summon Brahmas from countless other universes to teach our Brahma a lesson about ego?

Once, Lord Brahma grew very conceited about his creation and started bragging about the various responsibilities he had. Lord Krishna, the Supreme One, smiled at this. A few moments later another ...
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Who is Goddess Gayatri? Is she another form of Saraswati or Saraswati in Parashakti form?

Summary: Is Goddess Gayatri another form of Savitri (Saraswati) or Savitri in Parabrahman form? If yes, can we conclude that the word ‘Savita’ in the Gayatri mantra is representative of Savitri and ...
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Is it true brahma masturbated to urvasi and collected semen in pot and saraswati was born from it? [closed]

I have seen many people claiming this but i couldn't find the story in any puranas. Are they just rumours or is there really some story. If yes please quote the exact verse.
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Do Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva represent Cosmic Energy, Cosmic Space and Cosmic Time?

Are there any interpretations of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva representing Cosmic Energy, Cosmic Space and Cosmic Time? If not, what exactly do Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva represent symbolically?
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Liberated beings after Mahakalpa [duplicate]

Do the liberated beings after Mahakalpa are again thrown into Samsara ? Is the liberated stage after Moksha only for 1 kalpa ? If moksha is really permanent ? In the above picture it also says he ...
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Are Shiva , Vishnu and Brahma non vedic Gods?

I got to know that Shiva is non Vedic god that got assimiliated into mainstream hinduism on the Puranic age. Are Vishnu and Brahma also non Vedic gods? As those three are considered manifestation of ...
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What is the meaning of Brahm Gyan?

What kind of knowledge is considered as Brahm Gyan? Is having knowledge of all four Vedas would make a person Brahm Gyani? Does Brahm in Brahm Gyan denotes Lord Brahma? If so then what is the reason ...
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Are there any more details about previous Kalpas in scriptures?

Reading about Kalpa on this site, my understanding is: Current Brahma completed 50 years Currently Brahma is in 51st year and on first day of the 51st year Each of Brahma's day includes one Kalpa (...
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What were the forms of vedas when Madhu and Kaitabha stole them?

The story of Madhu and Kaithabha stealing vedas and Lord Vishnu in the avatar of Hayagriva retrieving them have been mentioned here . However my question is what was the form of vedas. Mahabharata ...
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Who are the mind born daughters or Manasi Kanyas of Lord Brahma?

Lord Brahma had many mind born sons who were given charge of populating the world. However there is some mention of Lord Brahmas daughters like Shatarupa, wife of Swayambhuva Manu; Ahalya wife of ...
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how to understand this body is also conciousness?

I can understand mind is conciousness because mind resolves into conciousness during deep sleep but how to understand body is also conciousness.
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How does Brahma look?

Does Brahma look like an old deity, having white hair? What is his body complexion - red, golden or something else. Does he use rosaries for chanting? If so then which rosaries does he use(rudraksha ...
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Existence of Hinduism

I have heard that people will be less spiritually inclined at the end of kaliyuga. The world will refurbish again to a utopian model of Satyayuga. Are there any references which states that Hinduism ...
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