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Top 5 Most Famous Brahma Temples in India

Many devout Hindus have heard the mythological story that Lord Shiva cursed Lord Brahma, saying that he would not be worshipped and that there would be no temples for him. But as a matter of fact, there are a few temples in India for Lord Brahma, the God of Creation in Hinduism.

Let us explore some of these rare temples for Lord Brahma.

Top 5 Most Famous Brahma Temples in India

Brahma Temple, Pushkar

Brahma Temple of Pushkar or the Jagatpita Brahma Mandir is near the sacred Pushkar Lake in Rajasthan. This Brahma temple is one of the most prominent Brahma temples in India. 

According to the Scriptures, Lord Brahma tried to kill a demon called Vajranabh with his lotus. The lotus petals supposedly fell on earth in three places and created three lakes. They were Jyestha (major), Madhya (middle), and Kanishth (small) lakes. As they were carved out of the lotus leaves, the place got the name, Pushpa (flower), and it later became Pushkar.

After killing the demon, Brahma decided to perform a Yajna to cleanse his sin. He chose a site near Pushkar lake. As his consort Goddess Saraswati was not present when he performed the Yajna, he married Gayatri, a Gurjar girl, to complete the ritual. On hearing this, Saraswati became angry and cursed Brahma, saying that nobody would worship him anywhere. But she relented later and said that devotees would worship him only in Pushkar. The temple is over 2000 years old.

In the olden times, Mughal invaders destroyed this temple. The temple’s present structure dates back to the 14th century. It was majorly rebuilt in the 8th century by Adi Shankara and later during the rule of Maharaja Jawat Raj.

Brahma Temple, Bangalore

This Brahma temple is located behind the government school in Karivobanahalli in Nagasandra, Bangalore. It has one of the largest Chaturmukha (four-faced) statues of Lord Brahma and measures 7 feet. It is a very ancient temple.

Brahma Temple, Carambolim, Goa

The temple lies 7 km from Valpoi in a hamlet called Brahma Karmali in the Satttari district. It is the only temple for Brahma in Goa.

The temple dates back to the 5th century. The deity stands on a beautifully carved Kadamba pedestal. The exquisitely carved idol is from the Kadamba period and belongs to the 12th century AD. 

The idol is a later addition to the temple and is carved from a single black basalt stone. It is a fine specimen of Kadamba art. Originally, the Goudas of modern-day Carambolim or Karmali, near old Goa, worshipped it. When the Kadamba capital at Gopakapatam was attacked by the soldiers of Alauddin Khilji, the devotees moved the idol further north until it found a sanctuary in the dense forests of Sattari. Thus Sattari village got the name, Brahma Karmali.

Brahma sports a beard on the central face. He has a sacrificial ladle in his rear right hand, the Vedas in his upper left hand, a Kamandal in his front left hand, and chanting beads (maala) in his lower right hand, which is in Varamudra posture. His consorts, Saraswati and Savitri, stand on either side.

Brahmapureeswarar Temple, Tiruchirappalli

The Brahmapureeswarar Temple is in Thirupattur near Trichy, The presiding deity is Lord Brahmapureeswarar in the form of Swayambu Lingam. According to legend, devotees who visit this temple will have their destinies rewritten.

Shiva cursed Brahma for telling a lie to assert his supremacy and was divested of his powers to create. Bramha went on a pilgrimage to all Shiva temples for relief from the curse.

At the Brahmapureeswarar Temple, Brahma supposedly installed 12 Shiva Lingams and worshipped Shiva for many years at the same place. Pleased by his penance, Shiva freed Brahma from his curse and restored his powers of Creation. He also gave Brahma a shrine in his temple. Since Brahma’s destiny was rewritten at this place, Shiva suggested to him that he too should rewrite the destinies of devotees who worshipped here.

Mithrananthapuram Temple, Kerala

The Mithrananthapuram Trimurti Temple complex is found on the western side of the famous Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple in Kottakkakom or East Fort, Thiruvananthapuram. It is dedicated to the Trimurtis – Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Shiva. This is one of the most famous temples for the Trimurtis in India. The 3 deities have separate shrines here.

According to legend, the temple was constructed in 1168 AD. It was supposedly Vilwamangalath Swamiyar who consecrated the idols of the temple. The story goes that the Trimurthis performed a Yagna here to please the Sun God, Mithra. So the temple is known as Mithrananthapuram, which means ‘the town which gave joy to the Sun’. 

A path behind the Vishnu temple leads to Brahma’s shrine. The stone image of Brahma here has four arms but only one face. The temple pool is on the right side and contains holy water. The soil in the pool and its surroundings have a divine aura as the pool was supposedly created by Varaha, the third incarnation of Vishnu. 

Ashtami Rohini (the birthday of Lord Krishna) and Shivaratri are some of the major festivals here.

Brahma’s Missing 5th Head

 
Brahma had five heads initially, as per mythology. But Lord Shiva chopped off his 5th head. There are many myths about this incident. One myth says that the 5-headed Brahma became arrogant and vain and that his 5th head represented Ego. So Lord Shiva cut off his 5th head. By doing so, he committed Brahmahatya (killing a Brahmin) and came under a curse. It was Lord Vishnu who finally freed him from the curse. If a person commits Brahmahatya (it includes killing or harming any human being or animal), they as well as their descendants will suffer from Brahmahatya Dosha, says Vedic astrology. 
 
This Dosha can cause severe problems in life. The natives must perform remedies like Homa, Brahmahatya Dosha Nivarana Pooja, and Yagya to get relief from it.