The Only Brahma Temple Considered as the ‘King of Temples’

Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara are considered as the ‘Trumiurthis’ (Trio) responsible for the operations (Birth, Life and Death) of the entire universe. Of the three, we have large number of temples for Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. But, we rarely hear about the temples for Lord Brahma. The only shrine that is considered as the only Brahma temple in the world is ‘Pushkar’, Rajasthan, India. The temple’s history dates to pre-vedic period, back to more than 2000 years. The name Pushkar was derived from the words Push (Flower) and Kar (Hand), and is considered the place where the petals of the Lotus flower (the weapon of Lord Brahma) fell on ground, while the Lord threw his lotus flower’ to slew the demon Vajranabha.
Then the Lord returned to the land and found his flowers’ petals and named the place as Pushkar (meaning flowers from the hand). Then the Lord decided to perform Yajna at the Pushkar Lake and his consort Goddess Savitri (Saraswati) was not there to perform her part of the yajna along with the Lord. Then annoyed Brahma, instead of waiting for Goddess Savitri, decided to marry a local girl to go ahead with yajna. Thats when he married Goddess Gayatri.

Having seen Goddess Gayatri beside Brahma, the annoyed Savitri curses Brahma that he will not be worshipped anywhere, and Lord Vishnu will get separated from his wife, Lord Agni to be all-devouring and the priests officiating the yajna to be very poor. To this, Gayatri offers solutions making Pushkar as the place of Lord Brahma and ‘the king of all pilgrims’, Lord Vishnu to unite with his wife as ‘Rama’ and the priests to be revered as scholars. Needless to say, there are also other legends behind the curse on Brahma.

Pushkar is visited by thousands of devotees and is considered as one of the most-sacred religious places for devotees. Apart from this, few other Brahma temples also were built in the later period, but Pushkar is considered as the main one.


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