Viswakarma Puja~विश्वकर्मा पूजा in the year 2023 will be celebrated on Sunday,
17th September 2023
Viswakarma is known as the divine engineer since the Aniciant age. As a mark of reverence he is not only worshipped by the engineering community but also by all professionals. This festival is celebrated in the month of September. The festival is observed on the Kanya Sankranti Day (September) which follows the Ganesh Puja.
About Viswakarma : According to the legends of Viswakarma Puja In Hindu religious texts, Viswakarma is known as Devashilpi or The Architect of Gods. He has four hands, carrying a water-pot, a book, a noose and craftsmans tools with full enthusiasm. His mother name was Yogasiddha, 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 is the divine architect of not only the whole universe but also the earth and heaven. It is said that Vishwakarma also created methods for creating the missiles and weapons used in mythological times like the Vajra made from the bones of Dadhichi sage used by Lord Indra. Lord Vishwakara is considered to be the best worker, the symbol of quality and excellence in craftsmanship. Mythology describes some of Vishwakarmas creations in vivid details.
They include the mythical town of Dwarka, the capital of Lord Krishna. It is also aid that Viswakarma built the town of Hastinapur, the capital of Pandavas and Kauravas. Vishwakarma also built the town of Indraprastha for the Pandavas. His most important of all creations is Golden (Sone ki) Lanka where demon king Ravana lived and ruled.
Celebrations of Viswakarma Puja : This is the puja of Lord Viswakarma, the main architect of the universe who had fabricated the universe as per the direction of Brahma, the lord of creation. Viswakarma Puja is celebrated by all industiral houses, artists, craftsman and weavers. It is observed mostly in workshops, offices and factories in the industrial areas. Shop floors in various factories wear a festive look on this occasion. In beautifully decorated pandals the image of Viswakarma and his faithful elephant are inaugurated and worshipped.
The industrial towns in urban area come alive with decorative pandals and loudspeakers. Most factories around the area declare the annual bonus on this day. The puja pandals are usually made within the factory premises. On this day family members of the employees come together to create a bright moment in an otherwise dull and mundane workshop.
Events on the day of Vishvakarma Puja : The entire factory workforce sits together for lunch. The rituals are followed by the distribution of Prasad. The yearly feast is cooked and the workmen and the owners take their lunch get together. People are also found to be flying multi-colour kites. The sky fills up with all shades and colours. Chadials, Candles, Chowrangees, Petkattas, Mayurpankhis, Baggas fly high to establish the skills of the fliers. The sky becomes a war zone with the discarded kites dropping every now and then with the cry of Bho-Kattaaa, Aai-bho from the distant roofs or parks.