Lord Brahma, the Creator, had three classes of children— gods, men and demons. All of these classes of Brahma’s Children were always trying to gain control on the whole creation. Thus there were frequent wars and battles between the demons and the gods. Every time when the gods won the baffles there was, peace and religious yagyas on Earth. But when the demons won a battle, hatred, famine, drought and chaos reigned on earth. As a result, there used to be chaos in all the three worlds, Heaven where gods dwelt, Earth where men resided and the place where the demons stayed.
Lord Brahma married his own daughter Goddess Saraswati!
Brahma is the creator of the universe. Saraswati, who became the wife of her own father, was actually the daughter of Lord Brahma.
There are two stories about her genesis in the Hindu Mythology. Click on this slide show for all details about this fact….
According to Saraswati Purana, Brahma created his beautiful daughter Saraswati direct from his vital strength or seminal fluid. Some texts also prove that Brahma used to collect his semen in a pot whenever he masturbated fixing his eyes on the celestial beauty Urvasi. Brahma’s semen in the pot gave birth to Saraswati. Thus, Saraswati had no mother.
This daughter of Brahma is the Hindu goddess of learning. When Brahma saw the beauty of Saraswati he became amorous. To escape from her father’s passionate approach Saraswati ran to the lands in all four directions, but she could not escape from her father. She finally succumbed to Brahma’s wish.
Brahma and his daughter Saraswati lived as husband and wife indulging in incest for 100 years. They had a son Swayambhumaru. Swayambhumaru made love with his sister Satarpa. Through the incest of Brahma’s son and daughter Brahma got two grandsons and two grand-daughters.
However, As per Matsy Purana, there was a time when Lord Brahma was only alone when the cosmos did not exist. He longed for company. Accordingly he decided to split himself in to two parts, creating a feminine counterpart. As mythology mentioned her in the name of Sandhya, Brahmi or Saraswati who emerged from Brahma’s mouth.
Brahma was attracted and fell in love with her. His longing for her increased and he started looking at her constantly. To avoid his gaze, Saraswati started moving from one side to another even flied on top but Brahma started looking towards her without turning his head, but creating heads all around, total of five heads. Brahma finally requested her to help him to create the Universe.
Saraswati as his wife helped Brahma to execute his plan accordingly and created the demigod Manu, who ultimately created the world. She is the mother of our language, Sanskrit as well as mother of the Vedas, texts of Hinduism.
Prajapati (Brahma) desired his daughter (SARASWATI) and made love to her. This was a sin in the eyes of the gods, who said to the god who rules over beasts [Pasupati, Rudra], ‘He commits a sin, acting in this way towards his own daughter, our sister. Pierce him.’
Rudra took aim and pierced him. Half his seed fell to the ground. The gods cured Prajapati and cut out Rudra’s dart, for Prajapati is the sacrifice. To utilize [the seed], the gods said, ‘Take care that this may not be lost, but that it may be less than the oblation.’ They gave it to Bhaga to eat, but it burnt his eyes and he became blind.
Then they gave it to Pusan to eat, but it knocked out his teeth. At last they gave it to Savitr [the sun] and it did not injure him, for he appeased it.
Saraswati is known and worshiped as goddess of knowledge. She is the creator of all creative arts, poetry, music and science. Saraswati appeared as a divine river, water deity, as mentioned in Rigveda.
Thus she is known as goddess of fertility and purification. Word Saraswati means, one which flows, not only water of river, flow of knowledge is also indicative.
Saraswati Puja is celebrated mostly by the students as goddess for Education, Arts and Crafts. She is also known as Bakdevi, Biraj, Sarada, Brahmi, Satarupa, Mahasweta, Sarbasukia, Prithudar and Bagiswari.
The Legend of Brahma's Four Heads
Brahma, the creator of the universe, is depicted as having four heads, though originally he had five.
While creating the universe Brahma made a beautiful woman and Brahma with his four head named her Satarupa. But Brahma was changed by his own creation. He had never before seen such a fine beauty. To enable himself to see her from all angles he gave himself a second, third, and fourth head. Wherever Satarupa went she found Brahma's eyes staring at her. Disgusted, she rose skywards and in order to see her, Brahma created a fifth head for himself.
Lord Shiva, the destroyer, was watching all this and Brahma's actions greatly angered him. He felt that as Brahma had created Satarupa, she was like his daughter and it was his duty to protect her.
He felt that it was wrong on Brahma's part to be in love with her and to teach him a lesson Shiva struck off Brahma's fifth head.
Brahma and Gayatri
Gayatri is a vedic hymn, which when recited takes away all our guilt and fear.
One day, Brahma was performing a crucial Yajna, which in order to be complete required his wife, Saraswati's presence, but she was nowhere to be found, Furious with her absence, Brahma asked the priest to go and fetch any woman for him to marry.
Brahma and GayatriThe priest went out and found a beautiful shepherdess. She was none other than the same holy hymn of Gayatri, which had transformed itself into a woman to help Brahma. Brahma married her and she became his second companion.
Gayatri is depicted as seated on a pink lotus. She has five heads, the first four representing the Vedas, while the last one represents Lord Brahma himself.
Brahma tests Krishna
Brahma was amazed to see little Krishna perform wonderful feats. He thought of a plan to test him.
KrishnaOne day, while Krishna was out with his friends tending the cattle, he found them all disappearing one by one. Seeing the field getting empty this way, Krishna was surprised. He immediately understood that this was the doing of Lord Brahma. But he did not want to return without his friends and cattle as it would make their parents anxious. To convince Brahma of his ability, Krishna started expanding into various forms. As he was god himself, Krishna could take on any from he desired. In a while the entire field was again crowded with all his friends. The calves too appeared, some mooing and some grazing the fields. It looked exactly the same as before.
Brahma was startled. He realised Krishna's immense powers and showered flowers from the heavens above.
rahma's creation - the gods, demons, and men - were for ever fighting. Their aim was to take control of the entire creation. There was widespread chaos and famine in the three worlds every time they fought.
Brahma's LessonBrahma grew worried and decided to warm them. One day he boomed, 'da.' As the loud voice echoed throughout the universe, everyone ran to Brahma for help.
Brahma then asked what the sound meant to each of them.
The gods said 'da' sounded like the word 'damyanta,' meaning self-control .
The demons said the voice suggested 'dayadhvam' or merciful .
Brahma then told all that if each were to follow the three principles of 'self-control,' 'charity,' and 'mercy,' he would be happy.
It is believed that even today, when Brahma says 'da,' it thunders, and he is trying to remind us of the three principles.