Those who have an iota of knowledge about Hinduism, know that Brahma is the creator. He has been widely mentioned in several Puranas and other Hindu scriptures. But what baffles us is that why can’t we find temples dedicated to Lord Brahma.
Among the rarest of the rare Brahma temples, the most popular temple is at Pushkar, Rajasthan.
The region Pushkar has around 500 temples and among this, about 80 temples are of huge size and attracts pilgrims with its magnificent architectural beauty, while the rest are of smaller ones.
These group of temples dates back to the 14th century and it is said that the Islamic invaders, especially Aurangzeb, had regularly attacked and destroyed several temples in Pushkaar. But later on these temples were rebuilt by the Hindu kings who ruled the region and it stood back to its past glory.
Among these 500 temples, the temple which is dedicated to Lord Brahma is considered as the most sacred. Records state that the temple was renovated by the great philosopher Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th century and during the reign of Maharaja Jawat Raj of Ratlam, the temple was once again repaired and even some changes were made. Though the original temple design hasn’t been changed. Many don’t know that the location to build the Brahma temple was chosen by none other than Lord Brahma himself.
Few say that Hindu scriptures have stated that the Brahma temple in Pushkar is the only temple in the world which is dedicated to Lord Brahma. Scriptures also state this place as “King of the sacred places of the Hindus”. But later on, several temples have come up in Pushkar, which are dedicated to Lord Brahma.
Not just the devotees, but the International Business Times (an American online news publication) has realised the sacredness of Pushkar. International Business Times has stated that Pushkar Lake and the Brahma temple is one of the five sacred pilgrimage places for the Hindus in India. It also stated that these two sites are among the ten most religious places in the world.
The design of the temple is stunning. To enter into the temple, one has to walk through lots of steps which are made from marbles as the temple is situated on a higher area.
This magnificent Brahma temple is built from stone slabs and blocks and is joined together using molten lead.
The red shikara (spire) of the temple is about 70 feet (21 metre) high.
In the year 718 CE under Adi Shankaracharya, an icon of Lord Brahma was made of marble and was established in the temple. The icon is sketched in such a way that it depicts the Vishvakarma form of Brahma.
Needless to say that this Brahma temple is a hub of pilgrimage, throughout the year. Before entering the Brahma temple, the devotees take a dip at the Pushkar lake, which is considered as a sacred bath. After visiting the Brahma temple, devotees also worship his second wife Gayatri.
One can enter this temple and offer aartis anywhere between 6:30 am and 8:30 pm during winter, and the timing of the aarti will be from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm during summer.
Let me end with Brahma Stuti Mantra “Gurubrahma Guruvishnu Gurudevo Maheswarah, Guru saakshaat Param Brahma Tasmai shri guravey Namah” which means that “Lord Brahma, the creator is the teacher and is supreme amongst all other Gods. He is verily Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva himself. I offer my salutations to such a guru”.