Questions tagged [brahma]

For questions about Brahma, the creator deity of the Trimurti. Not to be confused with [brahman] or [brahmins].

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How were the Trimurthi born?

In Hinduism, there are three supreme gods, Brahma, Vishnu & Mahesh (Shiva). Brahma is the creator, Vishnu is the protector, and Shiva is the destroyer. But how were these gods born? Did the ...
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Why are temples devoted to Brahma so rare?

It is well-known that temples devoted to Brahma are extremely rare compared to temples devoted to Vishnu and Shiva (or, indeed, any number of other deities, e.g. Murugan, Ganesh, Hanuman, etc.). ...
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What is the story behind the Brahmasthra? Was it actually ever fired?

In different Puranas there are mentions of the Brahmasthra which is one of the powerful weapons capable of destroying the whole world. I have seen usually in Purana TV serials, these astras (arrows) ...
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Are there other Brahmas and universes?

Lord Brahma is said to be the creator of Earth but what about other planets? Who created them? I have heard that for every planet there is a creator like Brahma. I have also seen an incident in ...
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Did lord Brahma commit incest with his daughter?

According to Shiva purana, "Brahma desired Sarasvati and went to her, asking her to stay with him. She, being his daughter, was furious at this and said, 'Your mouth speaks inauspiciously and so ...
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Supreme Brahman in Hinduism

Here is What i understood after reading various stories from Puranas and Mahabharatha and theories of Creationism. Vishnu Purana states Vishnu is Supreme God or Supreme Brahman. Also I read ...
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Is there any temple where deities are Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara?

Is there any temple where deities are Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara all the three supreme gods are worshipped at once?
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Were there any incarnations of Lord Brahma?

We hear a lot about incarnations of Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva and other Gods, but were there any incarnations of Lord Bramha too?
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What is Param Brahma?

Who is Param Brahma or Parampita Parmeshwar? What is the relation of lord Vishnu, lord Shankara with Param Bhrahma ?
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Is Hanuman going to be future Brahma?

I have read in multiple forums, which talks about Hanumana being rewarded as future Brahma. Can anyone point out, where exactly it is mentioned that he is going to be future Brahma?
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Moksha for the Soul of Brahma

The life of Brahma is 100 years of Brahma. More information on Hindu Cosmology We are in 51st year of the current Brahma's Life Year. I also know that after Brahma dies, Brahma (the soul in that ...
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What is the story of Brahma forgetting his knowledge after teaching Indra?

The Rahasyatraya Sara is a work by the Sri Vaishnava Acharya Vedanta Desikan, concerning the meaning of the Rahasya Traya or three secrets of the Sri Vaishnava sect (of which I'm a member). (One of ...
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Is each of the 18 Mahapurans related to a different Kalpa?

While researching for an answer I came across the reference of Padma Puran having been revealed in the Padma Kalpa which was the last day of the 50th year of Brahma. Currently we are in the Varah ...
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Did Lord Brahma kill any demons?

I was reading Shiva Purana and in Rudrasamhita Chapter 16, I came across the following attached section. Here, in 8th and 9th verse, Lord Brahma said that 'some demons are to be killed by me'. Till ...
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What do Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva do after 1 Kalpa when Brahmadev goes to sleep?

What do Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva do after 1 Kalpa when Brahmadev goes to sleep ? As per this answer a day of Lord Brahma is 4(yuga)*1000. 4,320,000 years * 1000 = 4,32,00,00,000 years is 1 ...
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When did Mainda and Dvivida drink Amrita with the permission of Brahma?

Mainda and Dvivida are the valiant lieutenants in the army of Vānara. They are the sons of Ashwini Kumaras. Hanuman describes the plight of Lanka to his fellow vānaras and praises every Vānara ...
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What bodies (Koshas or layers) do Devas, Trimurthis and their Shaktis (consorts) have?

The two questions What are Five Layers (Pancha Kosha) of Human? and Where does a Soul attached to the Body? explain various koshas (Sheaths) of human body. Trimurthi and their respective Shaktis are ...
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Why did lord Shiva chop off lord Brahma's fifth head?

As I've heard before, there was a story which said that lord Brahma had five heads but the fifth one was chopped off by lord Shiva. So why did lord Shiva chop off the fifth head of lord Brahma? ...
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What scripture does the sacred thread mantra come from?

If you're a brahmin, you're probably familiar with the following mantra (see page 2): Yajnopavitam, paramam pavitram Prajapatim yatsahajam purastath | Ayushyam agriyam pratimunja subhram ...
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Does Hinduism also have the Creation Story?

Some major religions like Christianity, Islam and Judaism have the Creation Story, which describes how God created the universe, the earth and then the first man and woman, who are regarded as the ...
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What is the origin of Brahma's four heads?

Brahma, the creator of the universe, is depicted as having four heads. Is there a story behind it?
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Are the Vedic Gods Prajapati and Brahma the same?

In early Vedic books, like Rig Veda (Hiryanyagarbha Sukta), Shatapata Brahmana, the verses of Atharva Veda and in Yajur Veda, Lord Prajapati is the creator.According to Shvetashvatara Upanishad and ...
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Why is Brahma depicted as old in pictures?

I have seen many pictures and photos (such as above) of Chaturmukha Brahma with white hair and white beard. Why is Brahma shown as an old person? All the devatas are known to be drinking elixir (...
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Why only Lord Vishnu incarnates on earth?

It is said that there are 3 supreme lords i.e. Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. But from all 3 why only 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu and not others?
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How much earth year passes in 1 second of Brahmaloka?

Every religious book, Vedas and Purans , units of distances such as Yojana have been tried to be converted in English in modern age. In Such Situation How much is the 1 second of Brahmaloka on earth ...
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When did Cows receive the boon of horns from Brahma & why did they want them?

Mahabharat Anushasan Parva Section LXXXI mentions Vyas as saying: "Vyasa said, 'Kine constitute the stay of all creatures. Kine are the refuge of all creatures. Kine are the embodiment of merit. ...
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Does Law of Karma apply to Trimurtis and their Shaktis only when they are present in Lokas other than Vaikunta and Kailasa?

I read from Shiva Purana that Kailasa and Vaikunta are free from KARMA. But when Vishnu incarnated on Earth he suffered his karma (Vali as hunter killed Krishna in next birth). Though I am not sure ...
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What is the story and significance of Dashashwamedh Ghat?

Dashashwamedh Ghat is one of the famous Ghats of of river Ganga in Varanasi (Kashi). It is mentioned on the official site of Varanasi that Lord Brahma has performed ten horse sacrifices their. This ...
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Which Vedic verses declare Lord Brahma as supreme?

Lord Brahmaa is a very important figure in Vedic tradition. He is referred to as PrajApatI and hiranyagarbha in the Vedas. As per Puranic tradition he is the part of trimurti's or trinity. However, ...
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Which puranas/upapuranas mention about marriage between Brahma and Saraswati?

Apparently Brahma was condemned by his sons for lusting after Saraswati, but how after that did Brahma end up marrying Saraswati? Most of the main mahapuranas only call her consort of brahma, but ...
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What boons did Ravana receive from Lord Brahma?

In Ramayana, it is told that, Ravana, after performing many great penances, received powerful boons from Lord Brahma and Lord Shiva. It is also said that he was protected by Goddess Durga's blessings ...
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What did humans do that Brahma took away their divinity?

According to an ancient Hindu legend whose author is unknown, there was once a time when all human beings were gods but they so abused their divinity that Brahma, the chief god, decided to take it ...
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Meaning of Bhartrihari verse on Brahma and a swan's ability to separate milk from the water

Verse 18 from Bhartihari's Nītiśataka says: ambhojinī-vana-vihāra-vilāsam eva haṃsasya hanti nitarāṃ kupito vidhātā | na tv asya dugdha-jala-bheda-vidhau prasiddhāṃ vaidagdha-kīrtim ...
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Attaining the Post of Brahma

As we all know, the Brahmanas of the Vedas describe rituals to attain to the post of various deities through the performance of Yagas(or Yajñas) among other things. The most famous of these is the ...
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Do our scriptures talk about life span of Tridev? [duplicate]

Brahma, Vishnu (Vishnu of the Universe, not eternal Maha Vishnu who resides in Paramapadam), Rudra (not the eternal Shiva) are the trimurthis where Brahma's life span is 100 years is defined. ...
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Devas(Gods) and their digestive system

According to Brahmanda purana, brahma commensed creation in this following chronological order [Bh Purana - Quote 25 - 50]. Prākrta Creations (pertaining to Prakruti) Mahat -- Great Principle ...
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Where from human came first?

I asked a Pundit about how the universe is created and where from human came first. While he was describing as mentioned in Vedas, he said that human are created from different parts of the body of ...
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Who are the Sanat Kumaras?

In many scriptures like Puranas, there is mention of Sanat Kumaras. According to the legend they are believed to be as the mAnasa putras of Lord Brahma. But we get to see the list of 10 mAnasa ...
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Why is Brahma referred as Viranchi in Scriptures?

In some scriptures Brahma is referred as Viranchi (विरञ्चि): Whenever I see sun raising in early morning, following mantra automatically pops out from my mind/month: नमः सवित्रे जगदेकचक्षुषे । ...
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Should Prajapati (Lord Brahma) be regarded as a Supreme Self or a Transmigrating Jiva?

In the Shruti sources we find many statements that Lord Prajapati is Supreme Self. For example Shatapatha Brahmana of YajurVeda in 6.1.3.1 states Verily, Prajâpati alone was here in the beginning. ...
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Brahmanda Purana English translation

I am trying to find a proper English translation of Brahmanda Purana. I have seen one in archive.org. The translation is done by author Dr. G.V. Tagare. But it has omitted multiple verses saying ...
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What caused Lord Shiva to test Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu?

I have heard that Lord Brahma was cursed that, he will not be worshipped as a God in a test conducted by Lord shiva . So my question is what caused Lord Shiva to test Brahma and Vishnu?
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Common interpretation of Shiva purana concerning: Who is the greatest Brahma, Vishnu, or Shiva?

Is there a consensus between Followers of Vishnu, Followers of Shiva, Followers of Brahma, And adherents of Advaita Vedanta Concerning the conclusion from the quarrel between Vishu and Brahma ...
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What is the relation between Viraj, Hiranyagarbha, Brahma, and Saguna Brahman in Advaita terminology?

In this chapter of the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, the sage Yagnavalkya tells his disciple king Janaka about the levels of bliss among beings in different Lokas: Now a hundred of these human ...
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akashic records and Hinduism

Akashic Records are defined by some hindus and theosophists as a compendium of thoughts, events, and emotions encoded in a non-physical plane of existence known as the astral plane. Its been ...
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What is the story of Vasishtha's sister?

Recently I was in a discussion with a friend who had visited Chidambaram Temple and he was telling me about the legend of Vyaghrapada mentioned in this question but my curiosity was piqued by another ...
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Who are the parents of Indra and Brahma mentioned by Basava?

The term "Shaivite" is overused nowadays. For instance, Iyer Brahmins are often called Shaivites, but they're actually followers of Adi Shankaracharya's Smartha sect (which I discuss here and here) ...
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Did Brahma give Dasharatha his name?

In a Hindu mythology trivia quiz written by Devdutt Pattanaik on the app QuizUp, the following question was asked: What name did Brahma give to King Nemi for his capability of driving his chariot ...
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Yugas and Dinosaurs [closed]

I have heard about the 4 Yugas, the Mahayuga and how Brahma created everything and how many human years is equivalent to Brahma's 1 single day. But to which Yuga did the Dinosaurs belong to?
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Is Sri Kurma an avatar of Lord BrahmA (Prajapati)?

It is believed that Tortoise (kurma) avatar is of Lord Vishnu as per the puranic legends. However, one of the users of the site has quoted an interesting passage from vedas citing that Lord Kurma is ...