Originally posted by .Vrish.
In the ACK (Amar Chitra Katha) Elephanta, I read about this. The story is that Brahma & Vishnu were debating on who is superior, and so, suddenly, a huge tower of light appeared that seemed to have no beginning nor end. They decided to settle this by finding out the starting points of this tower. Vishnu took the same form as he did as Varaha, and started digging the earth, hoping to find its root, while Brahma took the form of a kraucha (heron) and decided to fly up and find the apex.
Neither succeeded, but when they returned, Vishnu conceded, while Brahma falsely claimed that he did indeed find the apex. At this, Mahadev suddenly appeared and cursed Brahma that due to his lie, and that too for purely egotistical purposes, nobody would worship him. Whereas, Vishnu, for being truthful, would be worshipped along w/ Shiva. The tower that was there came to be representative of Mahadev, which is why a lingam is always used.
I have no idea about what the ACK uses for its sourcing, but this partly seems to explain why there are no temples of Brahma, except for the one in Pushkar, in Rajasthan. I've also read that somewhere in Bangkok too, there is a temple dedicated to Brahma.
One thing that struck me about the episodes in DkDM is the insistence that a lingam be available to enable the worship of Lord Narayan. I've never seen this in any puja where Narayan is invoked.
Usually ACK stories are reproduced from the Puranas
As for that Shiva ling next to the Lord Narayan in shayana pose, it usually comes with that pose. There are temples for this lord (called Ananth Padmanabaswamy) in South india (including the famous one at Tiruvananthapuram) where Lord Vishnu in this pose, Bramha is sitting on the lotus that comes from the Lord Narayan's naval and a shiva ling by the right hand of Lord Narayan. Refer this picture - http://img.allvoices.com/thumbs/event/609/480/83388333-sri-anantha.jpg
So the trimurtis are all together in this..though this idol is primarily to worship Lord Vishnu
Saivaites believe that Lord Vishnu is worshipping Lord Shiva in this pose and Vaishnavites believe that Lord Vishnu is blessing Lord Shiva here.
Coming to this serial, I am not sure if this part is actually true because even I haven't read about this sculpture being made by Daksha or even Daksha being a Vishnu-bhakth
I have only read that Daksha expected Lord Shiva to bow to him after Sati's marriage as he was his son in law but Lord Shiva being superior didn't want to do it because that is not correct and hence Daksha started hating him
But what they are trying to show here is that this sculpture is supposed to have the trimurtis but Daksha deliberately excluded the Shiva ling and hence that made it incomplete