Biswakarma Puja

Bishwakarma Puja, or Biswakarma Jayanti, is an important festival in Bengal, Orissa and other parts of Eastern India and is dedicated to Bisvakarma, the divine architect of the universe in Hindu religion. In 2014, the date of Biswakarma Puja is September 17 in most calendars. The festival is mainly celebrated in Eastern parts of India and it is a holiday for the industrial belts in this part of India. Kite flying is a major activity on the day.

In Hindu Mythology, Bishwakarma is the divine architect of the universe. He is also called the divine carpenter and is mentioned in the Rigveda and is credited with Sthapatya Veda, the science of mechanics and architecture.

Artisans, craftsmen, mechanics, smiths, welders, industrial workers, factory workers and workers of all kind worship Lord Biswakarma on this day and 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.

Special statues of Lord Biswakarma are installed in the workplaces and factories. Nowadays, the statue of Bishwakarma is aptly transformed to match the working place – a factory will depict Bishvakarma like a worker there.

Generally, Bishwakarma appears on an elephant, which is his vehicle.
Special puja is done on the day and fresh fruits are given as offerings. The idol of Biswakarma at the end of the festival is immersed in water.

In homes, women apply vermilion on all the gadgets and pray for the well being of the family. Those who own vehicles clean it thoroughly and apply vermilion on it.

Like in all Hindu festival, there is a special feast on Biswakarma day. Staff associations arrange cultural programs and all family members participate in the various activities.