Once there arose a feud between Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma over who is more important. To settle this, they approached the third God of the Holy Trinity, Lord Shiva to adjudicate. Lord Shiva accepted and set them a challenge. Whoever manages to view the top of Lord Shiva’s head first would be declared the winner. Saying so he assumes Viswaroopa that stretched across the various lokas (universes).
As both Vishnu and Brahma set about their task, they quickly realised it was a hopeless affair. Lord Shiva’s stature was just too big. Then Brahma noticed a Ketaki Flower floating by, who when questioned answers that she fell from Lord Shiva’s head many thousand years ago. Lord Brahma convinced the flower to lie on his behalf, that he had seen the top Shiva’s head. When Lord Brahma called upon Shiva to claim victory, Shiva in his anger, at hearing an outright lie from Brahma, cursed him to never be worshipped on Earth. Also, the flower was cursed to never be used in rituals.
Even though the story says so, there is a temple in India where Brahma is worshipped. Pushkar Brahma Temple is the only temple that is dedicated to Lord Brahma in India.
Located near the Lake at Pushkar in Rajasthan, Brahma Temple receives many pilgrims to its doorsteps every year. Built in the 14th century, Brahma Temple commemorates Lord Brahma, who is considered as the creator of this Universe according to the Hinduism. Lord Brahma is one amongst the trinity of Hindu Gods, the other being Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. For the Hindus, Brahma Temple is an important pilgrim place. Raised on a high platform, the temple lies in the Pushkar valley that is known for its scenic beauty.
Pushkar is regarded as a holy place by the Hindus, since all the Gods & Goddesses of Hindu pantheon observed a ‘Yajna’ here. Moreover, the Pushkar Lake near this temple is believed to have been appeared when a Lotus flower fell from the hands of Lord Brahma in this valley. According to Hindu mythology, once Lord Brahma was cursed that he would be not worshipped frequently by the people. Due to the reason, this is the only known temple in the world, where Lord Brahma is worshipped.
Constructed entirely in marble, the Temple can be easily identified with its tall red spire. The temple is accessible by a flight of marble steps. An image of ‘Hans’ (Goose) can be traced on the entrance of the main shrine. One can also spot the silver turtle, which is embossed on the floor in front of the sanctorum. In the vicinity of the turtle, many silver coins are placed on the floor. Even, the inner walls of the temple are studded with silver coins.
The main shrine houses the life-size image of Lord Brahma with four hands and four faces, facing the four basic directions. An image of Goddess Gayatri, who is known as the milk Goddess, can be seen near the idol of Lord Brahma. The walls of the temple are adorned by beautiful images of Peacock and Goddess Saraswati. From the temple, there is a silver door that leads down to a small cave. This small cave comprises a temple of Lord Shiva.
During the time of Pushkar Fair, this temple is thronged by people in large numbers. At this point of time, Rajasthan Tourism arranges tents for the convenience of pilgrims and tourists. Brahma Temple gets a major attraction as it is the only temple in the world where Lord Brahma is worshipped. Pilgrims come to pay their homage and get blessings from the Lord.
Location: Near Pushkar Lake in Pushkar, Rajasthan
Built in: 14th century
Dedicated to: Lord Brahma
Attraction: Sole temple in the world where Lord Brahma is worshipped
How to reach: One can easily reach Brahma Temple by taking regular Buses or by hiring taxis from anywhere in Rajasthan