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Why there are no Hindu Festivals Dedicated to Brahma?

There are no major festival dedicated to Brahma, is the creator of the universe and one among the Trimurti. There are numerous festivals dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu and to Mother Goddess but there are no festival dedicated to Brahma. The reason is philosophical and is told through the story of Shiva cutting the fifth head of Brahma. Legend has it that Lord Shiva was disappointed with the world that Brahma created. Shiva saw disease, pain, suffering, death… in the world. He saw human beings madly scampering for momentary pleasure under the  influence of Maya . But Brahma was happy with his creation and he brought forth four heads to look in all direction. Brahma’s pride knew no limits and he popped up a fifth head to have a look at his creation. This pride of Brahma enraged Shiva and he became Bhairava. Shiva as the ferocious Bhairava attacked Brahma and he cut off the fifth head for creating a world filled with misery, Shiva cursed Brahma that people will not worship him

Anayadi Pazhayidam Narasimha Swami Temple Festival

Anayadi Pazhayidam Narasimha Swami Temple is a popular temple dedicated to Narasimha at Anayadi in Kerala. The 10-day annual festival is observed in such a manner that it ends with Arattu on Thiruvonam Nakshatra day in Makaram month.  The main attraction of the temple festival is procession of elephants. The temple had set a record in 1996 AD by holding a procession of 86 elephants.  The annual festival is noted for various rituals. Thousands of people arrive on the day to witness various rituals and festivities. Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period. Caparisoned elephants, melam, fireworks and sheevali are part of the festival.  The temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights. The festival ends with Arattu. The utsava murti of the deity is taken out of the shrine for ritual bathing on the final day. Caparisoned elephants and melam are part of the ritual. Anayadi Pazhayi