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In Hindu mythology, when Brahma was creating the universe, he made a female deity known as Shatarupa (one with a hundred beautiful forms). According to the Matsya Purana Shatarupa was known by different names including Satarupa, Sarasvati, Sandhya or Brahmi. Hinduism (सनातन धर्म; also known as Sanātana Dharma, and Vaidika-Dharma ) is a worldwide tradition that encompasses several religions and ideologies. ... Brahma, the Creator, is depicted with four heads, each reciting one of the four Vedas. ... It’s the sixteenth Purana. ...


According to Hindu Mytholody "The acquiring of Brahma's heads makes for an interesting legend. When Brahma was creating the universe, he made a female deity known as Shatarupa (one with a hundred beautiful forms). Brahma was immediately infatuated. Shatarupa moved in various directions to avoid the gaze of Brahma. But wherever she went, Brahma developed a head. Thus, Brahma developed five heads, one on each side and one above the others. In order to control Brahma, Shiva cut off the top head. Also, Shiva felt that Shatarupa was Brahma's daughter, being created by him. Therefore, Shiva determined, it was wrong for Brahma to become obsessed with her. He directed that there be no proper worship in India for the "unholy" Brahma. Thus, only Vishnu and Shiva continue to be worshipped, while Brahma is almost totally ignored. Ever since the incident, Brahma has been reciting the four Vedas in his attempt at repentance."


 
 

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