GOD WITHOUT A TEMPLE

By Anvita Rohan, Class 6B, AVM Juhu

Indian mythology is a supreme collection of teachings, learnings and inspiring stories. There are four important vedas, a lot of puranas, upanishads and many more. Then there is Ramayana and Mahabharata. Mahabharata is known as the fifth veda and it is a mesmerizing story of human relationships.

In Indian mythology, there are three supreme deities, also known as Trinity. They are Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. There is an interesting story of why Lord Brahma is not worshiped. There are very few temples erected exclusively for Lord Brahma in India and abroad. There are myths that explain this strange neglect. They vary but it is generally seen that a God or Goddess got angry with Lord Brahma, the story so goes…

Brahma and Vishnu were arguing as to who was the most powerful of the triad. The argument became so heated that they decided to ask Shiva the third of the triad to intervene. Shiva took the form of a Lingam. The Lingam was of flaming fire and it went up to the heavens and descended into the nether region underneath the earth. Both Brahma and Vishnu decided if they could find how big the Lingam was then they could establish who among the triad was the most powerful.

Vishnu took the form of a boar and descended into the nether region, where as Brahma took the form of a swan and flew upwards to heaven. Both went on searching but neither could reach the end. Vishnu being wise came back to acknowledge Shiva as the greatest of the triad. Brahma decided to lie to the others that he had reached the top of the Lingam and asked the flower Ketki to testify to Shiva that she had witnessed Brahma’s feat.

When this was told to Lord Shiva he got very angry as he knew that they were lying. He cursed Lord Brahma that he would never be worshiped on earth and he also cursed the flower Ketki that she would never be used for any Hindu worshiping rituals. Therefore we do not find any Lord Brahma temple on earth.