Cursed God, Revered Temple

One can get flummoxed by the vast and multi-faced complexion of Indian mythology. Besides the two epics-Mahabharata and Ramayana, which were composed much later, the Vedas and the Puranas often depict multifarious stories which direct to a singular happening. The Trimurti, who form the three supreme Gods in Hindu religion-Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwar, have many such tales clouding their actuality. One often wonders why is Lord Brahma, the Creator of the Universe, not as frequently worshipped as Lord Vishnu and Shiv. While temples of Vishnu and Shiv are so widely distributed in the Indian subcontinent, why Brahma temples are so scarce?
There are innumerable tales reasoning this common observation too. But one cannot fail to take into account the prominence of one Brahma temple situated in Pushkar, Rajasthan. So, what led to the establishment of this pilgrimage in this particular place? According to the Hindu Scripture, Padma Purana, Lord Brahma saw the demon Vajranabha trying to kill his children and tormenting people. He immediately slew the demon with his weapon, the lotus-flower. In doing so, the lotus petals fell on earth in three places, creating three lakes: Jyeshta Pushkar (first Pushkar) lake, the Madya Pushkar (middle Pushkar) lake, and Kanishta Pushkar (youngest Pushkar) lake, altogether called the Pushkar Lake. When Brahma came down to the earth, he named the place where the flower (“pushpa”) fell from his hand (“kar”) as “Pushkar”.After this Brahma performed a yajna to protect this place from demons. To further his effort, he created hills all around the place. Hence Pushkar is encompassed by hills. The consort of Brahma, Savitri, was needed to offer Ahuti for the yajna but she failed to be present at that time. So Gayatri, a Gurjar girl, was married to Brahma and the yajna was performed. This act infuriated Savitri and she cursed Brahma that he would be worshiped in Pushkar only. This is one of the many mythical reasons why Brahma worship is so uncommon. Though there are quite a number of Brahma temples in India and in South-east Asia, the Jagatpita Brahma Mandir in Pushkar is most famed.
Raised on a platform, the orangish-red painted temple is visited by pilgrims and also by the holy men and sages, after taking a ceremonial sacred bath in the Pushkar lake. Also a visit to the Brahma temple is incomplete without the worship of Gayatri maata, followed by visits to other temples, as convenient. Special rites are followed in all Poornimas (full moon days) and Amavasyas (new moon days). Once a year, on Kartik Poornima, the full moon night of the Hindu lunar month of Kartik, a religious festival is held in honour of Jagatpita Brahma. Thousands of pilgrims come to bathe in the holy Pushkar Lake adjacent to the temple. Various rites are also held at the temple during this time. The day is also marked by the famous Pushkar Camel Fair, held in proximity.
Though cursed in every tale by someone or the other that he won’t receive prayers, the Brahma temple in Pushkar transcends all such malediction due to the reverence with which the devotees flock there.

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