Brahma

[Brahma]Name used in two senses in Hindu mythology. The Sanskrit noun stem brahman in its neuter form means the power resulting from prayer or prayer in the abstract, and in the masculine form means the one who possesses this power, hence also the priestly caste. Brahma is the nominative of brahman. It refers (neuter) to Atman, creator and world spirit, and also (masculine) to the personal aspect of that divinity, the creative activity, forming with Vishnu and Shiva the Hindu Trimurti or trinity. The god is represented as bearded with four heads, each crowned with a pointed tiara, and with a scepter. His temple is at Pushkar, Rajputana. See also: Brahmanism.