Angkor Wat: Brahma in a cocoon

Battle between Gods and Asuras bas-relief depicting Brahma in a cocoon carved in the lower-level gallery of the Angkor Wat Temple

Battle between Gods and Asuras bas-relief – Brahma inside a cocoon

Brahma inside a cocoon
The image shows a section of the Battle between Gods and Asuras bas-relief depicting Brahma, one of the Hindu Trinity, seated inside a cocoon. Check the other bas-reliefs in the Angkor Wat Bas-Reliefs page.

Although Brahma is the creator in Hindu mythology, he is not worshiped widely like Vishnu or Shiva, the other two gods of the Hindu Trinity. There are very few temples dedicated to Brahma in the world. The Brahma Temple in Pushkar in Rajasthan is one of the few temples dedicated to him in the Indian subcontinent. The other well-known Brahma Temple is in Prambanan, Indonesia.

There are several legends as to why Brahma is not worshiped. According to one legend, Brahma’s consort Savitri, angered by his extreme lust, cursed him not to be worshiped anywhere in the world except in Pushkar. In another legend, Shiva cursed Brahma because he lied to him and Vishnu about their creation.

This bas-relief is carved on the western section of the north gallery located on the lower-level perimeter of Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Gods Vs. Asuras Images
Vishnu Riding Garuda
Varuna Riding Makara
Indra riding Airavata
Kartikeya (Skanda) Riding a Peacock
Multi-headed Asura Riding a Chariot

Brahma Images
Brahma carved on the exterior wall of the Belur Chennakeshava Temple in Karnataka, India
Brahma carved on the exterior wall of the Somanathapura Keshava Temple in Karnataka, India
Brahma in Prambanan, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Related Pages
Angkor Wat, Angkor Wat Bas-Reliefs, Angkor Thom, Bayon, Ta Prohm, Banteay Srei
Phnom Kulen, Tonlé Sap, Cambodia
Bali, Prambanan, Borobudur, Indonesia

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