Brahma- the creator of the universe in Hindu mythology

Hinduism is a vast religion and probably the oldest one on earth and since every religion has its own theory of birth or creation of the universe, it is apparent that the oldest religion with oldest mythology would probably have one as well. Though in Hinduism this theory is very vast and interesting and has many perspectives in accordance with many sects of Hinduism; there is one entity which is common among all the sects of Hinduism who is the creator of the universe whom we know as Lord Brahma or the creator.

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It was the time when time itself was unborn and nothing-literally nothing-existed moving or static. The whole space was asleep and Lord Narayan was at the centre of it-resting on Anant Sheshnaag when from his naval(naabhi kamal), Lord Brahma was born. When Lord Brahma asked Lord Narayan about the cause of his birth then he was told that it is his duty to create a universe. Lord Brahma obeyed the Lord and obliged and hence the universe came into existence.

There is also a theory of Hiranyagarbha i.e. the golden egg or the golden womb. It is believed that when none existed, the supreme soul or brahman existed and then he created cosmic waters and established a seed in it which turned out to be a golden egg or Hiranyagarbha. The Super Soul entered it and then it broke into two giving birth to the creation of the universe and from the same cosmic golden egg was born Lord Brahma.

Now lets talk about the life of Lord Brahma and what we know about him.

Lord Brahma is actually believed to reside in Brahma lok where he lives with his consort goddess Brahmani or goddess Saraswati. He with his four heads has created four Vedas and his first creation was the four kumaras- Sanaka, Sanandana, Sanatan and Sanat who refused to lead the creation as they were completely engrossed in Lord Vishnu/Lord Narayan and were celibates. His life span is that of 100 ‘Brahma-years’ which is much more when compared with our 100 years. His few seconds involves many years for humans on earth.

The life span of Lord Brahma is 100 ‘Brahma-Years’. One day in the life of Brahma is called a Kalpa or 4.32 billion years. Every Kalpa creates 14 Manus(Manu is first male human created by Brahma for birth of humans on earth whose wife Satrupa is first female to give birth to humans on earth. They are like Adam & Eve of Hindu Mythology) one after the other, who in turn manifest and regulate this world’s 4 yugas(yugas=ages)-Satyug(golden age), Tretayug(silver age), Dwaparyug(bronze age), and Kaliyug(iron age in which we are living). At the end of it i.e., at the end of Brahma’s life span, the destruction by Lord Shiva takes place after which Lord Narayan again rests and Brahma gets dissolved in him.

So this is how this cycle takes place again and again and Brahma gets birth for the creation and gets dissolved in Lord Narayan at the end and this is how our universe comes into existence and then gets dissolved all over again with the dissolution of our creator-Lord Brahma.

27 Comments

  1. 187puneet says:

    I wrote about Shiva. You would like to read that. Your’s is good informative piece. I didn’t knew about the golden womb or egg theory. πŸ™‚

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    1. Shekhar Srivastava says:

      I’ll definitely read yours.Thanks for the appreciation. I’m happy you liked and got to know about it. 😊😊😊

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      1. 187puneet says:

        Welcome. ☺️

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      2. Shekhar Srivastava says:

        You can also read about other mythological stories in my previous posts. I hope you’d like them. God bless you 😊

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      3. 187puneet says:

        Yeah. I will.

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  2. Very informative, I remember only learning a bit about Hinduism in my world religion’s class two years ago. 😊

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    1. Shekhar Srivastava says:

      Thanks a lot Fernanda. I hope you will like my other posts on Hinduism and mythology as well as on other topics. Nice to get connected with you 😊😊😊 take care

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      1. Thank you, same to you! I’ll definitely be looking forward to them! 😊

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      2. Shekhar Srivastava says:

        😊😊😊

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  3. Reblogged this on Guyanese Online and commented:
    This blog entry is from a recent follower of Guyanese Online blog. Hope you like it and also check out the other links on his blog.

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    1. Shekhar Srivastava says:

      πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘

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  4. blkkat49 says:

    I don’t know much about Hinduism but I found this very intriguing. Thank you for sharing a following my blog.

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    1. Shekhar Srivastava says:

      I’m more than happy that you liked it. It’s my pleasure😊😊😊

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  5. Susannah says:

    Thanks for the follow – and for this post. I’m always interested in other cultures and religions, and this was very informative. Cheers, S.

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    1. Shekhar Srivastava says:

      It’s my pleasure. I’m glad we’re connected via blogs. You may read many other religious and mythological as well as cultural posts in mythological or spiritual or philosophical categories in my profile. I’ll be more than happy if you find them interesting. God bless you😊😊😊

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  6. jan says:

    Interesting. I know many lovely Hindus – it’s nice to know a bit more about the history of their religion! Thanks!

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    1. Shekhar Srivastava says:

      Nice to know that😊
      It’s my pleasure you liked it.
      God bless you😊😊

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  7. Such beautiful, powerful imagery in the art surrounding Hindu mythology… it never fails to inspire, and to set the imagination on fire!

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    1. Shekhar Srivastava says:

      You’re right😊
      God bless you 😊

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  8. John Loa says:

    Chant Hare Krishna and be happy😊😊

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    1. Shekhar Srivastava says:

      Hare Krishna 😊😊😊

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  9. Hi. Interesting tale.

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    1. Shekhar Srivastava says:

      Hi Sebastian. Thanks a lot. I’m glad you liked it. 😊

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      1. Can you tell me from which book we can find these tales about hinduism?

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      2. Shekhar Srivastava says:

        Hey Sebastian, Hinduism has a vast, very vast concept and has many texts telling such informations in books like Mahabharata and Puran.

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  10. kothandaraman damodaran says:

    I happened to read about your write up on Brahma – the creator of the universe in Hindu mythology. The thoery you are saying looks like supporting Vaishnavite philosophy with Narayan as the Supreme God. While there is a common belief in all sects of Hinduism that Brahma is the Creator of the Universe, the Upanishads say that the Supreme Being, BRAHMAN as it is called in Sanskrit, stands as Virat Purush and creates the Universe.
    Is four headed Brahma and Brahman the same while creating Universe ? If Brahma is born at everytime of Creation and dissolving at Pralaya, according to you, how Shiva alone continues to exist eternally in addition to Narayan ? Kindly enlighten me please.

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    1. Shekhar Srivastava says:

      Hello there! Thanks for your interest in my article firstly.
      Now to clear the very first point, this incident has indeed been taken fro Shrimad Bhagwat Puran which tell us that Shree Krishna is the supreme being, the supersoul and the source of all.
      As for your first quastion, Brahma and Brahman are not the same entities. brahma is the creator of this particular universe that we are living in. Brahman on the other hand is neither male nor female being. In our belief, Brahman is the formless entity that this aatma or soul comes from. It is that Brahman which is the cause of everything- not only this universe but all the universes ever existed or will do. You are right in saying that it is Brahman who creates all.
      Now giving respect to all the sects of our Hindu/Sanatan religios beliefs, I will answer your second question.
      Lord Shiva according to Vaishnav sect too, has a life span. For Brahma the life span is shorter which has one day equivalent to 8.64 billion human years also known as 2 Kalpas. Without a clear mention of the lifespan of lord Shiva, it is said in many religious books that Brahman or Parabrahma creates them and they merge in the Brahman once again after their lifespan.
      In Vaishnav sect it is believed that it is that Brahman who when manifested is Shree Krishna. However, there are many sects and they have their own beliefs but the concept of Brahman remains the same. You may call it Krishna, Shiva, God, Waheguru, Allah or by any other name according to your belief.
      Thanks and have a great day πŸ™‚

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