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The Vishwakarma Puja is a holiday that honours the importance of skilled labour in the construction and advancement of society. It encourages creativity, innovation and excellence in craftsmanship and is a great opportunity for workers to offer their prayers for success in their industries. In this way, it is similar to Diwali which is celebrated to give thanks for the hard work that has brought prosperity and wealth to people in the form of goods, services, and opportunities.
In factories and industrial areas, workers will offer special prayers to Vishwakarma for a safe working environment as well as prosperity in their fields. Workers will often install pandals in their workplaces where they will perform Vishwakarma Puja. These pandals are made from upright poles that support a roof of bamboo matting. Then a statue of Vishwakarma is placed in the centre and the tools used in everyday work are offered to him along with sweets and water. It is common for the tools to be cleaned before being offered to Vishwakarma.
Vishwakarma Puja 2024 Overview
|Also popular as
|Vishwakarma Jayanthi, Biswakarma puja
|Vishwakarma Puja 2024 Date
|Monday, September 16, 2024
|Where is it celebrated?
|Nepal, Assam, Jharkhand, Odisha, Bihar, Tripura, Punjab, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala
Vishwakarma Puja 2024 Date
On the last day of Bhadra (September on the Gregorian calendar), Hindus celebrate the birthday of the divine carpenter, Vishwakarma. A god of architecture, Vishwakarma is credited with the design of Dwarka where Krishna ruled and he is also believed to have constructed the celestial abodes of the gods and created their weapons. As a deity of mechanics and tools, Vishwakarma is worshiped by all engineers and craftsmen as well as those who work with machines.
Vishwakarma Jayanti is an important Hindu festival dedicated to the divine carpenter and architect of the universe. It is observed predominantly by engineers, architects, craftsmen, and industrial workers.
They clean and decorate their factories, workshops and tools and worship them to seek the blessings of Lord Vishwakarma for success in their profession. The day is considered a holiday for them and free lunches are organised in several places.
Who is Lord Vishwakarma?
According to Hindu scriptures, Vishwakarma is the divine draftsman of the universe and he is the official builder of all gods’ palaces, their flying chariots and their weapons. He is also credited with the construction of celestial abodes including Indra’s Swarga in heaven, Ravana’s Golden Lanka in the Treta Yuga and Dwarka in the Dwapar Yuga and the magnificent cities of Hastinapur and Indraprastha in the Kali Yuga.
The god of architects and craftsmen, Lord Vishwakarma is usually depicted as a bearded man wearing a royal garment and carrying a variety of tools such as a hammer, a compass, a plumb bob and a set of blueprints. His physical appearance symbolizes his wisdom and creativity and the tools he carries symbolise his skills. Besides being the presiding deity of all craftsmen, Lord Vishwakarma is the patron god of engineers and all professionals including industrial workers, technicians and smiths. He is also worshipped by all those who own and maintain a home or an office or any immovable property.
Legend has it that Lord Vishwakarma once constructed a palace made of gold for Lord Shiva and Parvati to perform the Grihapravesh ritual. Ravana, who was a huge fan of Shiva and Parvati, visited this magnificent abode and got completely awestruck by its beauty and grandeur. As a gesture of gratitude, he asked Lord Shiva for anything as dakshina and Shiva granted him the coveted Golden Lanka.
Vishwakarma Puja Rituals & Celebration
In Hindu mythology, Lord Vishwakarma is the divine carpenter who created the world and all its components. He is also known as Swayambhu or Self-manifest. According to the Moolastambha Purana, he designed and built the magnificent city of Alakapuri for Kubera, the god of wealth. He is a celestial architect and carpenter who epitomizes the value of craftsmanship. He is revered on the auspicious occasion of Vishwakarma Puja, which honors craftsmanship in all its forms.
On this day, engineers and industrial workers, artists, craftsmen, welders, and mechanics pay homage to the god of machinery. They offer prayers for a smooth and safe working experience, as well as request blessings to grow and succeed in their fields.
Traditionally, a Vishwakarma Puja is performed at homes and work places, with the main focus being on worshiping tools and equipment, showcasing them in a sacred space and reciting mantras to invoke the god’s blessings for their success and prosperity. It is believed that the deity blesses all tools and machines, ensuring their safety and smooth functioning.
Preparations for this event usually begin a few days beforehand. People clean their offices, factories and shops, and decorate them with flowers and mango leaves to create a spiritual ambiance. Idols and images of the god are cleaned and adorned, and offerings of flowers, fruit and incense are made. Many employers and artisan workers take this opportunity to showcase their latest creations, fostering a sense of pride in their work.
Vishwakarma Puja Mantra
Vishwakarma Puja is worshipped reverently by architects, engineers, sculptors, welders, mechanics, industrial workers and factory owners. They offer their tools and machines to the Lord.
This Puja blesses one with success in their profession/projects, removes Vastu Doshas, helps them own houses and immovable assets and also ensures smooth functioning of tools and machinery.