Vishwakarma Jayanti is a day of celebration for Vishwakarma, a Hindu god, the divine architect. He is believed to be a Swayambhu – self created, and the creator of the world. He is the architect and engineer who constructed the holy city of Dwarka where Krishna ruled, he created the Maya Sabha of the Pandavas, and was also the creator of many fabulous weapons for the Hindu gods. He is also known as the Divine Carpenter, and is mentioned in the most ancient Hindu scripture Rig Veda, and is credited with the creation of Sthapatya Veda, the ancient Indian science of mechanics and architecture.
It falls on the day of Kanya Sankranti of Hindu Calendar. It is generally celebrated every year on Gregorean date of 16 or 19 September which is on the last day of the Indian month of Bhado in Solar calendar – Solar Calendar observed by the Indian states of Assam, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, and Tripura. The festival is also celebrated in the neighbouring country of Nepal.
According to the sacred Hindu tradition, Vishwakarma is known as the Divine Engineer of the world. Like every other God in Hinduism, Vishwakarma is assigned a day that is his birthday or Jayanti known as Vishwakarma Jayanti. The problem with this is that since he is known as the original creator of the world, he is believed to have existed a few days before he created the world.
Vishwakarma had five sons and two daughters. Names of sons – Mannu, Maidev, Tavashta, Shilpi and Devagya. The Divine Draftsman Vishwakarma is the presiding deity of all craftsmen and architects. Son of Brahma, he is the Divine Draftsman of the whole universe, and the official builder of the palaces of all Hindu gods in heaven.
The festival is observed primarily in factories and industrial areas, often on the shop floor. As a mark of reverence the day of worship is marked not only by the engineering and architectural community but by the artisans, craftsmen, mechanics, smiths, welders, industrial workers, factory workers and others. They pray for a better future, safe working conditions and above all, success in their respective fields. Workers also pray for the smooth functioning of various machines.
The Hindu Religion can rightly be called “The Religion of Festivals.” Each year hundreds of festivals are celebrated, which are dedicated to various Hindu Gods and Goddesses. An atmosphere of festivity is maintained throughout the year. It reaffirms the principle that “Life is a Celebration.” One Such hugely popular festival is Lord Vishwakarma Puja.
Lord Vishwakarma is remembered on the day of Vishwakarma Puja. The occasion is also known as Vishwakarma Jayanti. It is celebrated with tremendous devotion throughout the country’s length and breadth, including states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Karnataka, Assam, West Bengal, and Tripura.
Vishwakarma Puja is celebrated on Bhadra Sankranti’s day, which is the last day of the Bengali month Bhadra. It usually falls on 17th September every year.
About Lord Vishwakarma :
Lord Vishwakarma is considered as the divine engineer and the principal architect of the Universe. Hindus consider him as a God and believe that He is a divine architect of the Universe. He is the chief deity of all architects and engineers. He is believed to have constructed the holy city of Dwarka, the capital of Lord Krishna’s kingdom. He is also the creator of many fabulous weapons for the “Devatas.”
Lord Vishwakarma is mentioned in the Rig Vedas and credited with “Sthapatya Veda,” the science of mechanics, engineering, and architecture. He was born to Vasu Prabhasa and Yoga Siddha.
His wife’s name was Gayatri Devi. He is believed to have emerged during Samudra Manthan. He adorns gold jewelry and a crown. In his hands, he holds a water pot, book, craftsman’s tools, and a noose.
Why is Vishwakarma Puja celebrated? :
Vishwakarma Puja is celebrated to worship Lord Vishwakarma. He is the chief architect and engineer of the Gods. Vishwakarma Ji knows as the creation of many mythological cities and weapons. He is immensely popular among Hindus. All professionals, including craftsmen and workers, worship Him on his birthday and celebrate this day as Vishwakarma Puja.
As Lord Vishwakarma is the God of Engineering and Architecture, in factories, workshops, and industries perform Vishwakarma Puja. All professionals, including craftsmen, workers, engineers, architects, celebrate the festival with great devotion, joy, and enthusiasm.
Lord Vishwakarma bestows his special blessings on persons who worship him on this day. He grants them knowledge, working skills, and efficiency so that they may excel in their field.
With the Vishwakarma Puja’s help, machinery and equipment are kept in excellent conditions, and industries flourish with his blessings. Normally, on this day, after Vishwakarma Puja, machines are allowed to rest, and the holiday is declared for workers.
A statue or picture of Lord Vishwakarma is placed in the factory on this day. All workers gather at one place and offer prayers to Lord Vishwakarma. Gifts are distributed to workers.
How to Perform Vishwakarma Puja? :
Ideally, every professional should perform Vishwakarma Puja so that the Lord Vishwakarma bless them and attain professional excellence. The Vishwakarma Puja ensures that the coming year will pass without any major technical problem.
First, you should arrange an idol of Lord Vishwakarma for the puja celebrations. If you cannot procure an idol of Lord Vishwakarma, you must get an image or picture of Lord Vishwakarma.