Monday, March 19, 2007

Why is Lord Brahma worshipped only in pushkar ?


Lord Brahma.

India is the land of religion and beliefs based on various idols, worshipped in different ways. So let’s take a look at the God who’s known as the creator of all.
In the Hindu Mythology Lord Brahma, or the Creator God, is a part of the Trinity Brahma (the Creator), Vishnu (the Protector) and Shiva (the Destroyer). He is portrayed with four heads, and appears in the colors red or pink. His trademark four arms may hold a variety of objects in them, including a book (the Vedas), a scepter, a lustration spoon or ladle, a rosary, a how or a water jug. Most of the time he is reminiscent of being a venerable, bearded man dressed in white. Lord Brahma’s vehicle the goose (Hamsa) represents the symbol of knowledge. He is married to Saraswathi or Savitri, the goddess of wisdom, music and speech.
The word Brahman (or Brahma) in ancient times was used to indicate the mysterious power contained in sacred utterances. This power was looked upon as the universal and forming factor from which everything, including the gods themselves, emerged. This supreme spirit of creation became fully personalized under the name of Brahma.
The festival of Yugadi, or New Year’s Day, is celebrated by many communities around India, but mainly by the Mangalorians. Their belief is that this was the day when Lord Brahma created the world and ordained the universe to roll in an equilibrium taking stock of time. It symbolizes the beginning of the millennium, reminding people that happiness and sadness have to be taken in the same spirit, with a stoic mind. They represent this by sweet Jaggery and bitter Neem offerings.
The Brahma temple in Pushkar, 11km from Ajmer in North India, is one of the few temples dedicated to Lord Brahma. It is also one of the five holy places which a Hindu must visit in his lifetime. Legend says that it was here that Lord Brahma battled with the demon Vajra Nabh and killed him with a lotus blossom which is then said to have fallen in three places where water gushed out. In this temple Lord Brahma’s faces point in four directions, symbolizing his universal presence. The special legend about this temple explains why Lord Brahma, though present as a statue in various temples, seldom occupies the position of the main icon. It is said that Brahma was performing a sacred ritual in the absence of his wife Savitri. Since her presence was essential, Brahma hastily married a local maiden called Gayatri. Upon hearing of his marriage, Savitri flew in to a rage and cursed Brahma that he would not be worshipped anywhere except in Pushkar.

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