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Significance of Vishwakarma Puja

Vishwakarma Puja is an important festival in Eastern India and is dedicated to Vishwa Karma, the divine architect of the architect of the universe according to Hindu Scriptures. Vishwakarma or Visvakarma Puja is celebrated annually on September 17 or Sept 18. The festival is mainly celebrated in Bengal, Orissa and Tripura. 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, Vishwakarma is the divine architect of the universe. He is also called the divine carpenter and is mentioned in the Rig Veda 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 Vishwakarma 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 Vishwakarma are installed in the workplaces and factories. Nowadays, the statue of Vishwakarma is aptly transformed to match the working place – a factory will depict Vishwakarma like a worker there. Generally, Vishwakarma appears in this mythical image with an elephant, which is his vehicle, and fresh fruits are offered to him. The idol of Vishwakarma at the end of the festival is immersed in water.

In homes, women apply vermilion on all the gadgets and pray for the wellbeing of the family. Those own vehicles clean it thoroughly and apply vermilion on it.
Like in all Hindu festival, there is a special feast on Vishwakarma day. Staff associations arrange cultural programs and all family members participate in the various activities.