Vishwakarma Puja – The History, Significance, and Celebration in India.
Vishwakarma Puja is one of the famous festivals in India that is dedicated to Lord Vishwakarma. This Puja is synonymously known as Vishwakarma Jayanti, Vishwakarma Diwas, or Vishwakarma day. Vishwakarma is a Hindu God and a divine architect who created this universe.
The Vishwakarma festival is celebrated every year on the 17th of September. This festival is also observed according to the solar calendar instead of the lunar calendar. The festival is celebrated on the Kanya Sankranti i.e. when the Lord Surya leaves the Leo zodiac sign and enters the Virgo sign.
The people also do celebrate the Vishwakarma puja a day after the Diwali festival which is called Govardhan puja.
The puja time might differ little from place to place according to different Hindu Panchangs. You can follow your local Panchang to know the timing or you may ask your local astrologer who can guide you regarding the Puja Muhurt.
History of the Vishwakarma Puja
According to Hindu mythology, scripture, and ancient astrology books, Lord Vishwakarma is the divine architect of the world. He engineered the creation of the whole world.
He is said to have constructed the Holy city of Dwaraka which was ruled by Lord Krishna. Lord Vishwakarma also engineered very powerful and unique weapons for God. He also developed the Mahasabha of Pandavas.
As per the opinion available in the Rig Veda, Vishwakarma is known as a divine carpenter. He is the creator of the Sthaptya Veda, the science of architecture and mechanics.
The Vishwakarma Puja is celebrated across different states in India such as Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Assam, Odisha, West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, and Tripura.
The festival is most importantly celebrated in the industrial topography and among the factories especially on the floor of the Shop or manufacturing head office.
The engineering and architectural community do pray and worship as a mark of reverence on the occasion of the Vishwakarma Jayanti. All the craftsmen, carpenters, engineers, mechanics, smiths, welders, factory workers, and industrial workers get united and pray the Lord Vishwakarma.
The Lord Vishwakarma is worshipped for the safety of the factory, manufacturing units, machinery, and betterment of the people working over there.
A special statue or idol is installed nearby every factory or workplace. These days, some people do install Lord Vishwakarma is a place according to the Vedic Vastu Shastra.
How to celebrate Vishwakarma Jayanti
Generally, the factories and manufacturing units are closed on the days of Vishwakarma. All the family members of the factories get united. The people install the colorful pandals for the Puja performance.
The well-decorated idols of Lord Vishwakarma are installed in the Pandal according to the rituals in the Hindu scripture. The important tools are worshiped in the name of Vishwakarma. Even the profession of every individual of the factories is worshiped in the name of God of the architecture. The tools are not used until the next day.
The offering or Prasad is distributed among the people. The people go for lunch once the Puja performance is over.
Nowadays, most of the companies are equipped with IT. Hence the electronic machinery, computers, and servers are worshipped in the name Lord Vishwakarma.
On this blessed occasion of Vishwakarma Puja, may you be blessed with skills and creativity. Happy Vishwakarma Jayanti! – May Lord Vishwakarma – the creator of tools and machines, and deity of all craftsmen and architects endow upon you his virtue and goodwill. Happy Vishwakarma Jayanti!