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Vishwakarma Jayanti

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Introduction

Vishwakarma Day, which is also known as Vishwakarma Jayanti or Vishwakarma Puja is a day to mark the birth of Vishwakarma, a Hindu God and a divine architect. He is said to be the creator of the world or Swayambhu. He built the holy city of Dwarka, where Lord Krishna ruled and also the Maya Sabha of the Pandavas. He was also considered to be the creator of many magnificent weapons for the gods and thus is also known as the divine carpenter. He is mentioned in the Rig Veda and is credited with Sthapatya Veda, the science of mechanics and architecture.

 

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History of Vishwakarma Jayanti

Vishwakarma is regarded as the divine draftsman, architect and engineer who created the universe. He is worshipped by both professionals and engineering community. In the workshops and offices, the staff worships their tools and equipments used in their work. All the artists, craftsmen, weavers, and industrial houses celebrate this festival in the month of September. According to Hindu mythology, he created the whole universe, earth and heaven. He is known for creating weapons used in mythological world, including ‘Vajra', the sacred weapon of Lord Indra. Vajra was made from Sage Dadhichi's bones. He is known for having excellence and quality in craftsmanship.

 

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How to celebrate Vishwakarma Jayanti

Generally, Vishwakarma Day is celebrated in September or October in states like Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Assam, Jharkhand, Bihar, Tripura and Odisha. The festival is celebrated especially in industrial areas and factories, and on shop floor. The day of celebration is known not just by architectural and engineering community, but also by craftsmen, artisans, smiths, mechanics, welders, factory workers and industrial workers. They pray for safe working conditions, better future and successes in their fields. Workers pray for smooth functioning of their machines. It is known for craftsmen who worship their tools and avoid using these tools while doing it. Businesses also worship modern electronic servers to pray for their smooth functioning. Pictures and statues of Lord Vishwakarma are installed in every factory and workplace. All the workers perform the reverence at a common place. The day is also celebrated after Diwali in the month of October to November, along with Govardhan Puja.

 

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Significant of Vishwakarma Jayanti

Lord Vishwakarma is described as the ultimate reality in the Rig Veda, whose name in Sanskrit means "All Accomplishing", and who is believed by the Hindus to be the "Principal Universal Architect" who gave form to the celestial architecture of all that is in this universe with his own hands. And as a mark of reverence, he is worshipped as the patron of all the engineers, architects, artisans, craftsmen, weavers, mechanics, smiths, welders, industrial workers, and factory workers. Falling on Padyami, the first day of Kartika Masa, Vishwakarma Puja is observed on the fourth day of Diwali, i.e. the day after Diwali. In some parts of the country including Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, and Orissa, Vishwakarma Puja is observed on 17th September every year and doesn't change according to the lunar calendar.

 

 

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