creatures and protector
prajapati is the lord of creatures
|other names||svayambhu, vedanatha|
|affiliation||form of brahma|
|mantra||om brahmaaya namah|
|symbol||japmala, lotus, sankha|
|consort||savitri (form of saraswati)|
prajapati (iast: prajāpati-rajjan or rajanya, "lord of creation and protector") is a vedic deity of hinduism. the term also connotes many different gods, depending on the hindu text, ranging from being the creator god to being same as one of the following: brahma, vishnu, shiva, agni, indra, vishvakarma, bharata, kapila and many others. according to george williams, the inconsistent, varying and evolving prajapati concept in hindu mythology reflects the diverse hindu cosmology. in classical and medieval era literature, prajapati is equated to the metaphysical concept called brahman as prajapati-brahman (svayambhu brahman), or alternatively brahman is described as one who existed before prajapati.