Kolkata: Preparations are on in full swing for the Vishwakarma Puja 2017 to be held on September 17th.Vishwakarma Puja is a unique Hindu festival which is celebrated every year on the 17th of September. Vishwakarma Puja falls on the last day of the Bengali month Bhadra which is also known as Bhadra Sankranti or Kanya Sankranti.
History of Vishwakarma Puja
It is celebrated on the day Surya Bhagwan or sun deity leaves Simha rashi and enters Kanya rashi, otherwise known as Kanya Sankranti Diwas.
According to sacred Hindu tradition, Vishwakarma is known as the Divine Engineer of the world. Like every other God, Vishwakarma is assigned a day that is his birthday or Jayanti. The problem with this is that since he is known as the original creator of the world, he existed a few days before he created the world. Thus, it would not seem logical to assign a particular day to his birthday.
How to celebrate Vishwakarma Day
Owners of shops, factories, offices and other professional establishments generally organize pujas at their workplaces. These places are exquisitely decorated with flowers. Lord Vishwakarma and His ‘Vahan’ (vehicle), the elephant is worshipped. His deity is installed in decorative pandals where the main puja ceremonies are conducted. After the ceremonies are done, Prasad or blessed food is distributed among all the workers. Those who own the factories worship the tools as it is their tools that get them daily bread. This festival unites factories’ owners and labourers as they all have meals together. Also one can perform a Yagya puja on this day. It ensures overall prosperity of one’s business.
Many people worship Vishwakarma. Although specifically, Vishwakarma Puja is celebrated by industrial workers, artists, craftsmen, engineers and weavers. The architectural and engineering communities also revere Vishwakarma. Craftsmen also hold the creation of their tools to be the work of Vishwakarma. Hence, craftsmen worship their tools during Vishwakarma Puja or Vishwakarma Diwas.