Vishwakarma Day is celebrated to worship Vishwakarma, a Hindu god. Vishvakarma was the divine archit
Viswakarma (Sanskrit vishwakarma all accomplishing, maker of all, all doer Tamil Vicuvakaruman Thai Witsawakam Telugu Kannada) is the personified Omnipotence and the abstract form of the creator God according to the Rigveda. He is the presiding deity of all craftsmen and architects. He is believed to be the Principal Architect of the Universe , and the root concept of the later Upanishadic Brahman / Purusha.
2. Vishwakarma Puja
Vishwakarma Puja festival is perhaps the only festival celebrated in remembrance of the architect god Vishwakarma. He is the divine craftsman who created all the palaces of gods along with their vehicles and weapons, including Lord Indra weapon the Vajra. This festival day, which is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Vishwakarma, is a major festival for artisans and craftsmen and most of the factories and shops remain closed. The celebrations start with the Aarti early in the morning to invoke the craftsman god, asking for his benevolence and inspiration to create and innovate. Usually, this Puja takes place in the factory premises or within the shop. On this day, all artisans and craftsmen worship their tools and keep them in front of the idol of Lord Vishwakarma, so that the divine grace of the god is bestowed upon them.
3. Vishwakarma Puja History
Vishwakarma Puja, also known as Vishwakarma Day, is celebrated every year on the 17th of September and the day after Diwali. On these days, Lord Vishwakarma is worshipped, who alone constitutes the entire history with which this festival is linked. According to the religious texts, Lord Vishwakarma is known as Devashilpi or The Architect of Gods and considered to be the sole architect and craftsman of Triloka or The Tripartite Universe heavenly realms and their worlds, the mortal realms and their worlds, and the netherworldly and other celestial realms and worlds. His master craftsmanship however is deemed to be limitless as it is believed that he also created the flying chariots and weapons of Gods that were used in the mythological times, including the sacred weapon of Lord Indra known as Vajra which is made from the bones of sage Dadhichi.
He is also believed to have given divine attributes to each of the weapon he created.The historical relevance related to Vishwakarma Day gains more weightage as not only is Lord Vishwakarma associated with creation but also with the manifestation of the sciences of industry to the humankind. It because of this history that he is much revered by the devotees, more so by professionals like engineers, architects, artisans, craftsmen, weavers, mechanics, smiths, welders, industrial workers, and factory workers who make their living through their craftsmanship. And therefore on Vishwakarma Day, pandals are set up inside the premises of industries and factories and inside these pandals, images and idols of Lord Vishwakarma are established. The whole workforce, along with each employee and worker family, celebrates Vishwakarma Puja in unison. Even the tools, particular to each person relative field, are worshipped in the name of Lord Vishwakarma and are not used throughout the day. It their day off! Then after the Puja is performed and the ritual is complete, Prasad (offerings) are distributed among everybody.
4. Vishwakarma Puja Legends
In Hindu religious texts, he is known as Devashilpi or The Architect of Gods. His mother name was Yogasiddha and sister was known as Brihaspati. His father was called Prabhas, the eighth hermit of the legendary Astam Basu. According to mythology, it is Lord Vishwakarma who not only made the universe but also the earth and heaven. It is said that Vishwakarma also created the weapons used in mythological times like the Vajra made from the bones of Dadhichi sage used by Lord Indra.
Lord Vishwakarma is considered to be the best worker, the symbol of quality and excellence in craftsmanship. Mythology describes some of Vishwakarma creations in vivid details. They include the mythical town of Dwarka, the capital of Lord Krishna. It is also aid that Vishwakarma built the town of Hastinapur, the capital of Pandavas and Kauravas. Vishwakarma also built the town of Indraprastha for the Pandavas. Most important of all creations is Vishwakarma Sone ki Lanka where demon king Ravana lived and ruled. Lord Vishwakarma is the divine architect of the whole universe. He has four hands, carrying a water pot, a book, a noose and craftsman tools.
Almost all categories of Hindu workers who have anything to do with science and technology, right from engineers and architects, to the humble village blacksmith and carpenter earnestly pray to Vishwakarma, primarily on shop floor, or at their workplace for a better future, as also for safe conduct of their machines and equipments. As a matter of customary practice, almost all factories and workplaces have his statues or images installed prominently. Quite frequently, even the top management personnel join in the commemoration. Normally, the technical workers do not use their machines, tools, or their other means of production on this day in reverence to Vishwakarma.
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