2. Brahma the creator
At the beginning there was a lotus flower. The flower produced a seed and it started to grow. It grew and grew and eventually became a golden egg. The golden egg exploded and Brahma was created. The rest of the egg became the Brahmanda or the universe.
Brahma has four heads and four arms. Using four mouths he is eternally chanting the four Vedas which constitute the oldest scripture of Hinduism.
Unlike the other gods, Brahma does not carry any weapons in his hands. He holds the Vedas, a lotus flower, a water pot and a rosary in his four hands.
Brahma is known as the Prajapati or the lord of creatures. He had thirteen daughters. Kashyapa, one of the seven ancient sages, married all his daughters. Then each of them gave birth to a lineage of creatures.
Aditi gave birth to many Devas or gods including Surya the sun god and Indra the king of heaven. Diti, who was jealous and mean to Aditi gave birth to many Asuras or demons including Hiranyaksha and Hiranyakashipu. Likewise Manavas or humans, serpents and other creatures were born.
Although one of the supreme gods, Brahma is rarely worshipped by the Hindus. There are very few temples in India devoted to him. There is a story behind it.
Soon after the birth, Brahma formed a goddess called Saraswati from his own body. Saraswati was so beautiful that Brahma was enamored the moment he saw her. He stared at her with lust. In order to stay away from Bahma’s gaze, Saraswati moved to his side. Then a second head sprouted up from the side of Brahma, pushing her farther. This way Brahma generated four heads.
Finding no other way to escape, Saraswati jumped up in the sky. Then Brahma sprouted a fifth head on the top. This unholy act of Brahma enraged lord Shiva. So lord Shiva cut off the fifth head of Brahma and cursed him so that he would not be worshiped by any human being.