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Brahma the Creator

 

Sanatan Dharma, commonly known as Hinduism, worships the Paramatma (Universal Spirit) as a trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. 

Brahma is the creator of the physical / material universe.
Vishnu sustains the universe, purging it regularly of evil to support the good.
Mahesh maintains the balance between good and evil by regulating death and destruction.

Of the trinity, Vishnu and Mahesh have a huge number of followers. They have innumerable temples dedicated to their various forms and avatars. By comparison, Brahma has very few temples.  I have am posting the list I found on the web.    

At one time, Brahma was the God people prayed to for scour.  Countless Vedic and Puranic stories narrate how Devas and Danavas worshiped Brahma for powerful boons.  He was the Grandsire of all lifeforms and hence everyone appropriated him when they needed something special.  At one time, Hinduism was spread all across South East Asia, all the way to Cambodia.  Angkor Wat, world heritage site, was once a temple dedicated to Brahma.  Over time, Vedic Gods lost prominence in the hearts and minds of Hindus and they have begun to worship other forms of the Universal spirit - namely Vishnu and Shiva.    

 

Temples devoted to Brahmā

India has very few temples dedicated to Brahmā.

·         Brahma Temple at Pushkar in Rajasthan is on the shores of lake Pushkar.

·         Asotra in Barmaer district, 10km from Balotra in Rajasthan.

·         Khedbrahma in Gujarat

·         Nala Sopara near Mumbai, Maharastra.

·         Mangalwedha, 52 km from the Solapur district of Maharashtra.

·         Carambolim near Karmali falls in Goa has a shrine built in the 5th century AD.

·         The Lord Brahma (accompanied by Lord Ganesh) Temple, near the Sri Padmanabhaswamy templeThiruvananthapuram in Kerala

·         Thirunavaya temple, 8 km south-east of Tirur in Malappuram district, Kerala state.

·         Brahma Temple at Oachira in Kollam district in the South Indian state of Kerala.

·         ThirunavayaThiruvallam in Kerala

·         Brahmapureeswarar Temple in Thirukkadaiyur in Tamil Nadu.

·         Kodumudi in Tamil Nadu.

·         Brahma Temple at Royakotta road in Hosur in Tamil Nadu

·         Uttamar Kovil in Srirangam, Tamil Nadu

·         Kumbakonam(Thanjavur District),Tamil Nadu.

·         Bramhapureeswarar temple in Tirupattur, near Trichy in Tamil Nadu.

·         7 feet heigh Chatrumukha(Four Faces ) statue of BRAHMA in Bangalore, Karnataka, India. (www.lordbrahma.in)

·         Brahma Temple at Khokhan, in Kullu District, Himachal Pradesh

·         Brahma temple at village aleo lord shrishty narayan, in kullu [himachal pradesh]

 

Temples of Brahmā outside India.

·         The largest and most famous shrine to Lord Brahmā is in Cambodia's Angkor Wat.

·         In JavaIndonesia, the 9th century Prambanan Trimurti temple is the three Gods, Brahmā, Śiva and Viṣņu.

·         Erawan Shrine in Bangkok has Brahmā’s statue in it.

·         The golden dome of the Government House of Thailand also contains a statue of Phra Phrom (Thai representation of Brahmā).

 

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