The shrine at Pushkar may be the most famous one dedicated to Lord Brahma which many think is the only shrine dedicated to the Hindu deity of creation; however, there are others which need to be added to the list. The temple at Pushkar is considered as the oldest temple dedicated to Brahma. According to legends, when compared to the other gods, Brahma was easily approachable and would bless his devotees with all his heart, which, however, have had their backlashes .
Brahma is believed to have showered his blessings on demons starting from Hiranyakashipu, Mahishasura and many more, who gave a lot of trouble to the common men as well to several gods. Due to this, Vishnu and Shiva would be required to take control of situations and assassinate these demons in their various incarnation. Since Brahma did not mend his ways, people began to stop worshipping him and instead offered prayers to Lord Vishnu and Shiva.
There are many more such legends, which justify why there are very few temples dedicated to Brahma. Have a look at some of the shrines dedicated to the Hindu god of creation in the country.
The temple here is considered to be oldest one to be built in the country. The shrine is believed to be at least 2000 odd years old, but the current marble structure dates back to the 14th century and is also one of the most visited shrines dedicated to Brahma. Located close to the renowned Pushkar Lake, the place witnesses a large crowd throughout the year, especially during the Hindu month of Kartik, when people come to have a dip in the lake and offer their prayers to the deity.
The temple is found in the village of Asotra, which is considered as the second oldest shrine dedicated to Brahma. The structure is built using yellow stones brought from Jaisalmer along with Jodhpur stones; however, the idol of Brahma is sculpted out of marble. The foundation stone of the temple was laid in the year 1961 and the deity was installed in the year 1984. The temple feeds 200 kg of grains every single day to the birds which attract a large number of visitors.
It is believed that Brahma was so proud of his gift of creation that he often boasted of being greater than Shiva and Vishnu in the art of creation. In order to put an end to Brahma's proudness, Vishnu is said to have a created a ghost to scare Brahma, terrified he comes to Vishnu for help and apologised for his shameless behaviour.
Lord Vishnu asked him to observe a penance on earth to regain himself and it is believed that Brahma chose Kumbakonam as the site for his meditation. Pleased by Brahma's penance, Vishnu accepts his apology and Brahma regains his knowledge and his status amongst the gods.
Khokhan in the Kullu valley is the site of the Adi Brahma Temple which is a large wooden structure constructed in the Himalayan Pagoda style, which is believed to have been built in the 14th century. The shrine is found in a complex with Lord Vishnu and Brahma, whose idols are kept on a chariot inside the shrine, along with two other shrines dedicated to Gadh Jogini and Manikaran Jogini.
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The Brahma temple in the hamlet of Kamrali is about 60 km from Panaji. The shrine houses the idol of Brahma which dates back to the 12th century-during the Kadamba period. It is believed that the idol of the deity was brought here from Carambolim in the 20th century by a large section of devotees who fled to escape the religious intolerance which was being imposed on them by the Portuguese.
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According to legends, Parvathi once mistook Brahma to be Shiva, which angered him and made him cut off one of Brahma's heads and cursed him that he would be forgotten by his worshippers and all his powers will be gone. This brought down the pride of Brahma, who pleaded for forgiveness which Shiva was not ready to accept.
As a cure to his folly, Brahma set off on a pilgrimage. While on his journey, he stopped in Tirupattur and installed 12 Shivalingams and worshipped Shiva from here. Moved by his devotion, Shiva appears before him and relieves him of his curse and grants him a shrine at the temple after restoring all his powers.