Vishwakarma Puja is a day to honor the master craftsman; the one who orchestrated it all-from the three-way universe to the cities of gods to the very weapons with which they fought off all the evil and to celestial chariots on which they rode through the air like the wind itself. It is Lord Vishwakarma, the divine engineer, who is considered as the presiding deity of all the architects. On the day, the otherwise mundane industries, factories and offices don on a whole different look as they prepare for the Puja and related rituals and traditions; many of them even remain close. Huge pandals (temporary tents) are set up, mostly inside the premises, and idols and images of Lord Vishwakarma, represented with a water pot, the Vedas, a noose, and craftsmen's tools in each of his four hands are ritualistically established. With everything wrapped up in the festive spirit, Vishwakarma Puja begins.
One key aspect that shines out in this festival is that, all - from management to employees to workers sit together for the Puja; even the family members of each person related to work are invited to attend the rituals. It's one grand get together to worship the one because of whom their living is earned. Tools, particular to each person's profession are also worshipped in the name of Lord Vishwakarma and his blessings are sought for success, prosperity, and good working conditions. Prasad (offerings) are then distributed among everyone and a final feast is held where, again, everybody participates gleefully irrespective of what his position is in the workforce. Apart from this, there's also quite an engaging tradition whereby kite fighting takes place. The festival of Vishwakarma Puja is held on the day after Diwali and in some parts of the country, it's also held on 17th September every year. Explore through rest of the sections to know more about the festival of Vishwakarma Puja; its history, significance, and much more.
Vishwakarma Puja 2013: 17 September