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Hindu Gods and Goddesses Brahma In Hindu mythology Brahma is the senior member of the triad of great gods which also includes Vishnu and Shiva In later Hindu mythology he became symbolized as the supreme eternal deity whose essence makes up the cosmos But that was not to be Like all material things Shatarupa would turn into something else every time Brahma got to her She turned into a cow a mare a goose and a doe Brahma kept pursuing her taking the form of the corresponding male - a bull a horse a gander a buck Thus all creatures of the cosmos from the smallest insect to the largest mammal came into being Sarasvati had cursed Brahma that he would be worshipped only on the full-moon day of the month of Karttika Gayatri declared that whoever worshipped Brahma would be blessed with wealth and a good family and would be reunited with Brahma He is a four-headed God He has four hands each hand is holding a sacrificial tool sruva the Vedas knowledge a water pot kamandalu and a rosary respectively He appears seated on a lotus which is a symbol of glorious existence His vehicle is the goose hans which is known for its judgment between good and bad His consort is Sarasvati the Goddess of learning Vishnu Vishnu is the preserver and protector of creation He is the embodiment of mercy and goodness the self-existent all-pervading power that preserves the universe and maintains the cosmic order Dharma He is often represented resting on the coiled serpent Shesha with his consort massaging his feet He never sleeps and is the deity of Shanti the peaceful mood He does not however tolerate ego In the summer devotees of Lord Vishnu fast without water and offer water to those who are in need this is a way of helping to others by
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