Vishwakarma Puja 2017: History, significance and puja vidhi
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.
Significance of Vishwakarma Puja 2017
Every year, on 17th September, Vishwakarma Jayanti is celebrated in Indian states like Karnataka, Assam, West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and Tripura. Usually, people organise a Puja at their factories and industrial areas. The shopowners conduct the Puja on the shop floor. As a mark of reverence, Vishwakarma Puja is observed by engineers, architects, artisans, mechanics, smiths, welders, factory workers and others. They pray to Lord Vishwakarma for a better future and safe working conditions. They seek blessings from the lord to excel in their respective fields. The modern electronic servers are also worshipped for smooth functioning.
Statues and pictures of Lord Vishwakarma is installed in factories and offices, on this day. All workers gather at one place and perform the Puja. Vishwakarma is also observed a day after Diwali with Govardhan Puja, in the month of October-November.
How was Lord Vishwakarma born?
It is believed that during ancient time, all the constructions were done by Vishwakarma. Swarg Lok, Golden City of Lanka and Dwarka, everything was built by him. According to some tales, Lord Vishwakarma was born as a result of sea churn (Samudra Manthan) which was carried out by Gods and Devils together.
Vishwakarma Puja Vidhi
The statue of Lord Vishwakarma is installed at the workplace. Pictures can also be used. Some people worship their machinery as a personification of Lord Vishwakarma. At many places, Yajna is also organised to celebrate the day.
Take a bath before sitting for the Puja. After remembering Lord Vishnu in your mind, keep Lord Vishwakarma’s statue or portrait on a platform. Take a flower in your right hand. Take an Akshat and recite the chanting. Sprinkle the Akshat all around the room and leave the flower in the water.
Tie a Raksha Sutra or the holy thread in your hand and remember Lord Vishwakarma. After the Puja, offer water, vermillion, Akshat, flower and sweets to the machinery. Carry out the Yajna to complete the Puja.
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