Hindu Brahma God is the creator within the Hindu trinity (Vishnu-the preserver, Shiva-the destroyer). Brahma is believed to grow in a lotus out of the navel of the sleeping Vishnu. He had ten sons that came from his minds and nine sons from his body.
In fact, Brahma had five heads. The five extra heads appeared when Gayatri, was ashamed with Brahma’s lover for her and tried to escape from his gaze. However, one head was lost when Brahma had an argument with Vishnu over who was superior of the two. They discovered that Shiva was the Supreme being. Brahma however, spoke unrespectfully about Shiva. With Anger, Shiva cut off one of his heads. Thus, Brahma was left with four heads.
According to the legend, the world exists for one day in the life of Brahma, which is called one kalpa. When Brahma goes back to sleep, or at the end of one kalpa, the whole world is destroyed. When Brahma awakens, he creates the new world again. This cycle is repeated for 100 years of Brahma, which is the life span of one Brahma.
Brahma’s vehicle is a magical white swan or goose. Thus, the bird is a symbol of sifting good from evil. Sometimes Brahma is identified with either a scepter or a bow.
Brahma’s consort, Sarasvati, is the goddess of wisdom, science, arts, the mother of the vedas, and the inventor of the Devanagari script. She is identified as a fair woman with four arms, dressed in white and seated on a white lotus.
Although Brahma is considered equal to Vishnu and Shiva, Brahma is not widely worshipped in
India as one reason is that being the creator, his work is already completed, at least for the time being. Also, some says that Brahma was cursed by Shiva that Brahma will not being worshipped on earth. Although there are only few Brahma worshippers in India, his worshippers in other Asian countries, especially in South East Asia, continue to dramatically increase. One of the most famous Brahma’s statues in Asia is at Ratchaprasong Intersection, Bangkok, Thailand.