We always hear about people getting cursed, the cursed spirit etc. According to Wikipedia “A curse is a solemn utterance intended to invoke a supernatural power to inflict harm or punishment on someone or something.”
Well, sometimes even the maker gets crushed. Here in this article, we are talking about a God with curses from 3 different entities.
Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh(Shiva) are known as the Trimurti or Trinity, or lord of all lords in Hinduism. In which the cosmic functions of creation, maintenance, and destruction are personified as the triad of deities. Lord Brahma is the first member(the creator), Lord Vishnu being the second (the preserver) and Lord Shiva being the third (the destroyer).
When all three deities of the Trimurti incarnate into a single avatar is known as Dattatreya.
Among these lord, Brahma is believed to be cursed by Lord Shiva, goddess Saraswati and Bhrigu Maharishi. Don’t know which story is true but all three of them are quite believable.
Curse by Lord Shiva
According to the legends, once Brahma and Vishnu argued as to who was the greater of the two of them. In order to come at a conclusion Shiva took the form of a gigantic lingam (the phallic symbol of Shiva) and told both Brahma and Vishnu that if any of them could find the end of the lingam, He will be declared as the greater of the two.
Both Brahma and Vishnu agreed with the deal and set out in opposite directions of the lingam to find its end. But as they kept searching for years, they realized that the lingam had no end. Vishnu realized the fact that Shiva was the greatest among the Trinity.
But Brahma wanted to prove that he was the greatest. While he was on the search of the end, he passed the flower of Ketaki which used to be at the uppermost part of the lingam. He requested the Ketaki flower to testify before Shiva that Brahma had reached the uppermost part of the lingam and had seen the end. The Ketaki flower agreed. When brought before Shiva, the flower lied that Brahma had seen the end. Lord Shiva became very angry at this lie.
He then cursed Brahma that He would never be worshipped by any human being. He also cursed the Ketaki flower that it would not be used in any Hindu ritual.
Curse by Goddess Saraswati
According to Padma Purana, once Brahma saw the demon Vajranabha trying to kill his children. He then immediately slew the demon with his weapon, the lotus flower. In this process, the lotus petals fell on the ground at three places, creating three lakes: the Pushkar Lake, the Madya Pushkar Lake and Kanishta Pushkar lake.
When Brahma came down to the earth, he named the place where the flower (\”Pushpa\”) fell from Brahma\’s hand (\”kar\”) as \”Pushkar\”.
Brahma then decided to perform a yajna (fire-sacrifice) at the main Pushkar Lake. However, while performing the yajna, his wife Savitri (or Saraswati in some versions) could not be present at the designated time to perform the essential part of the yajna as she was waiting for her companion goddesses Lakshmi, Parvati and Indrani.
So Brahma married a Gurjar girl, Gayatri and completed the yajna with his new wife sitting beside him, holding the pot of amrita (elixir of life) on her head and giving ahuti (offering to the sacrificial fire).
When Savitri finally arrived at the venue she found Gayatri sitting next to Brahma which was her rightful place. In her anger, she cursed Brahma that he won’t be worshipped by anyone, but then she reduced her curse allowing him to be worshipped in Pushkar.
The temple is one of very few existing temples dedicated to the Hindu creator-god Brahma in India and remains the most prominent among them.
Curse by Bhrigu Maharishi
Once Bhrigu Maharishi went to the place where Brahma use to reside, but as Brahma and Saraswati were engrossed in the musical consort they could not pay attention to Bhrigu Maharishi, due to which he cursed Brahma that nobody will praise him or worship him in Bhooloka (Earth) as he failed to worship and praise Bhrigu.
But once Brahma pleaded mercy, Brigu agreed to have Pushkar as the only place where Brahma will be worshipped.
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