Brahma - The Creator
Brahma is considered as the first god of the Hindu Trinity, the other
being Vishnu and Shiva. Lord Brahma is recognized as the creator of the
Universe. Brahma is regarded as the Supreme Being, the god of gods. Lord
Brahma is the originator and the generator of the mankind. Brahma
symbolizes the universal mind, as creation is the work of the mind and
the intellect. If we consider this, from an individual's point, Brahma
represents one's own mind and intellect. As an individual is god gifted
with the mind and intellect, then it may be assumed that a person has
already attained Brahma.
This could be the possible reason that worship of Brahma is not so
popular among the Hindu people. However, he is worshipped by seekers of
knowledge, such as students, teachers, scholars and scientists.
Lord Brahma - The Image
Hindu God Brahma can be seen as a four-faced, four-armed, bearded
deity. He carries a rose and a book in the upper hand; a water pot
(Kamandala) in the lower hand and one hand is always there to bestow
grace. The four faces represent the holy knowledge of the four Vedas
(Riga, Yajur, Sama and Atharva). It symbolizes that Brahma is the
foundation of all the knowledge required for the creation of the
universe. The four arms represent the four directions and therefore
symbolize that Lord Brahma is the omnipresent and the omnipotent.
The white beard conveys wisdom and the long beard gives the idea that
creation is a never-ending process. The crown on the head of Brahma
implies that the Lord has the supreme power and authority over the
process of creation. Brahma sitting on a lotus represents the creative
power of the Supreme Reality. The white color of his clothes symbolizes
As per the Hindu mythology, a swan is possessed with an exceptional
discerning sense, which enables it to distinguish pure milk from a
mixture of milk and water. Brahma uses the swan as a vehicle, which is
known for its discerning abilities. This conveys the idea that, there is
only one Supreme Reality from which the entire universe emanates.