Vishwakarma Puja: Celebrating the God of Architecture
If it were not for art and architecture, you would not have been able to revel in the beauty of some of the brilliant art and construction pieces. When you look at some of excellent civilizations, and mythological wonders that have been given to you through generations, you will realize that if art and architecture were not created, the world would indeed be a dull place to live in. We have the Lord of architecture, Lord Vishwakarma to thank for all the wonders that surround us, from past to present. As per the Hindu mythology books, he is the creator of all the systems of the world and therefore craftsman, mason, blacksmith and carpenters who are associated with creation of new items worship him.
Significance of Vishwakarma Day
Vishwakarma Jayanti or Vishwakarma Puja is popular among the architectural community in India. It honors the Hindu God Vishwakarma, who is also a divine architect, and was one of the fourteen precious things born out of the Samudra Manthan. He is the one who gave the world the holy city of Dwarka from where Krishna ruled over the Maya Sabha of the Pandavas. He is also responsible for constructing many weapons, and was referred to as the divine carpenter in the Rig Veda. He was credited in the Sthapatya Veda as the master of the science of mechanics and architecture.
Celebrations of Vishwakarma Day
The day falls on the 17th of September every year, and is majorly celebrated in Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Assam, West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and Tripura, where both art and architecture is popular. The puja is conducted in the factories and industrial areas. It is in fact celebrated by the artisans, craftsmen and others closely related to art, architecture and construction. Prayers are offered for a safe working condition, and better prospects. Machines and tools are also worshipped so that they function smoothly. The machines and tools are the livelihood for the worksmen, and it is customary to worship them on this day. Across the workplace, in many places statues and photos of Lord Vishwakarma are placed