Brahma is The Creator, the Great God who gave form to Brahman’s formless cosmos, and it was his consort, Saraswati, who was the knowledge and wisdom which brought order to Brahma’s creation. Brahma is also believed to have created the four Vedas, the foundational text of Hindu belief, again with the assistance of Saraswati. Hindus believe Brahma’s work of creation is complete, therefore he is not worshipped to the degree of devotion of Shiva, Shakti and Vishnu; all of whom have the ability to affect the lives of mortals.
Brahma’s icons are found in almost all temples dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu or Shakti, though as an attendant god. Of the countless temples in India, very few are devoted to the worship of Brahma on his own.
Here Brahma is depicted as seated, something almost as rare as his temples. He sits upon a lotus pedestal in the yogic pose of padmasana, his four heads face the four cardinal directions as he speaks the four Vedas into existence. The attributes he holds in his forward hands are a book, representing his absolute knowledge of the Vedas, and a ladle (sruk) representing sacrifice; while the rear hands hold a water jug (kamandalu) symbolizing the elixir of life and a sheaf of kusaa grass, symbolic of Vedic ritual sacrifice.
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12 in / 30 cm
14.33 lb / 6.5 kg