Why are there no Temples Dedicated to the Hindu God Brahma?
Lord Brahma is one of the Tridevs (Three Gods: Brahma, Vishnu & Mahesh) out of which Brahma is the lord of creation. Every mobile & immobile thing has been created by Brahma only. The deity is quite powerful and propitiated to acquire critical boons. Many Devtas & demons have performed penance to perform Lord Brahma to attain the desires which were impossible otherwise.
Moreover, in Vastu Shastra, Brahma is regarded as the first energy field which is produced in the Brahmsthana (centre of the plot) and from which other 44 energy fields are further produced. The space of Brahma (Brahmsthana) in the house is considered as the most auspicious, sacred, and fortunate zone balancing which the entire house gets sanctified.
If Brahma is that powerful, then why is he often underestimated while assigning with a temple?
Why Vishnu & Mahesh are frequently propitiated, not Brahma?
Moreover, why there is only one temple of Brahma in the world where there are countless huge or small temples available of Vishnu & Mahesh?
Well, when we searched through the sacred text to know the answer or stories concerning Lord Brahma, we come across two different stories that are as mentioned:
First Story as per Shivapurana:
Once a fight ensued between Lord Brahma & Vishnu for claiming the superiority. Both begun to consider themselves superior to each other. When the argument turned into a serious war, other Devtas approached Lord Shiva. Narrating the entire scene & condition to the lord, Devtas requested Lord Shiva to resolve the dispute between the main deities Brahma & Vishnu.
When Brahma & Vishnu were indulged in the superiority war, Lord Shiva appeared before them. Seeing the Supreme Lord Shiva before them, they stopped for a while and asked Lord Shiva to declare the superior lord between them.
To break their ego & resolve the conflict, Lord Shiva assumed the guise of a Linga (Phallic Emblem) and challenged both Brahma & Vishnu to find its end; Lord Shiva said, who will successfully find the end of this Linga will be the superior.
Accepting the challenge, Lord Brahma decided to go upwards, and Lord Vishnu decided to go downwards of the Lings for finding its end. For this race, Lord Brahma assumed the guise of a swan and Lord Vishnu assumed the guise of a boar. Roaming about for thousands of years, they did not find any beginning or ending core of the divine Linga.
At a certain point, Lord Vishnu shunned his pride and decided to end his persistence where Lord Brahma – at the same time – came across a Ketaki flower drifting downwards from the sky. Seeing the flower, Lord Brahma stopped the flower and asked – where are you coming from? The Ketati flower replied, I am coming from the top of the Linga and was placed on it as an offering by a devotee. Then Brahma, who was failed & tired of finding the top of the Linga thought of a trick. Brahma instructed the Ketaki flower to become his witness for reaching the top of the Linga and the flower consent to his request.
When both Lord Brahma & Vishnu came back from the race of finding the core of the Linga, Shiva asked them if they had found the end core or not; then, Lord Vishnu – who was now free from the false pride replied – oh Lord or the lords, this divine Linga is on a par with knowledge which is profound in itself and devoid of any beginning or end; saying thus, Lord Vishnu bowed to Lord Shiva and stayed silent.
When the same question was asked to Lord Brahma – who was arrived with a useless trick, he replied that he has found the top of the Linga and this Ketaki flower is the evidence of my success. Lord Shiva, who was aware of this scheme of Brahma revealed the truth and cursed Brahma that he will remain the creator but will not be worshipped in temples unlike Lord Vishnu & Mahesh (Shiva himself).
Second Story as per Padampurana:
Once there was a demon, namely Vajranbha who created great havoc in the world and harassed people on the earth. Seeing the increasing oppression of Vajranbha, Brahma killed the demon with his weapon. During this incident – from the hand of Brahma – some lotus petals fell on the earth at three places which further turned to three lakes, namely the Pushkar Lake, the Madya Lake, and the Kanishta Pushkar Lake.
Witnessing the incarnation of the lakes, Brahma named that place as Pushkar in which Push stands for the flower and Kar stands for hands. For the good of the world, Brahma decided to perform a Yagya near the Pushkar Lake. To perform the sacrifice rituals, Brahma needed his wife Saraswati, who could not manage to come to the venue at the right time.
After waiting for his wife – Saraswati – to complete the Yagya – Brahma duly married a Gujar (milkmaid) girl who was sanctified by passing through the body of a cow and verified by the Lord Vishnu & Shiva. After marrying the Gujar girl who was given the name Gayatri now, Brahma commenced the Yagya allotting the consort place to his new wife, Gayatri. Meanwhile the Yagya, Saraswati appeared at the Yagya venue, when she saw Gayatri on her replacement, she could not tolerate and cursed Brahma saying that though being the Lord, you did this shameful act; hence, from now onwards, you will never be worshipped anywhere. Then, when she was calmed down by other lords, she reduced the effect of her curse and allowed Brahma’s worship in Pushkar place only – which is regarded as the king of pilgrimages.