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Vishwakarma Puja Celebration

Vishwakarma Puja Celebration

Vishwakarma Day, also known as Vishwakarma Jayanti or Vishwakarma Puja, is a day of celebration for Vishwakarma, a Hindu god, the divine architect. He is considered as swayambhu and creator of the world. He constructed the holy city of Dwarka where Krishna ruled, the Maya Sabha of the Pandavas, and was the creator of many fabulous weapons for the gods. He is also called the divine carpenter, is mentioned in the Rig Veda, and is credited with Sthapatya Veda, the science of mechanics and architecture.

It is generally celebrated every year on 17 or 18 September which usually falls on the last day of the Indian Bhado month, in Indian states such as AssamUttar PradeshKarnatakaWest BengalBiharJharkhandOdisha, and Tripura. The festival is observed primarily in factories and industrial areas, often on the shop floor. As a mark of reverence the day of worship is marked not only by the engineering and architectural community but by artisans, craftsmen, mechanics, smiths, welders, industrial workers, factory workers and others. They 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. It is customary for craftsmen to worship their tools in his name, refraining from using the tools while doing so. Modern electronic servers are also worshipped for their smooth functioning.
Special statues and pictures of Vishwakarma are normally installed in every workplace and factory. All workers gather in one common place and perform the puja (reverence).
Vishwakarma puja is also celebrated a day after Diwali, along with Bhai Dooj  in October–November.

Vishwakarma Puja is a big day for workers. Factories and industrial units observe a holidays on Vishwakarma Puja. Professionals such as engineers, architects, workers, mechanics, craftsmen, artisans, etc worship Vishwakarma at elaborate pandals which are set up in the factory or office premises and contain the images of the deity. The puja is attended by the factory workers and the management along with their families. Workers do not put their tools to any use as they worship them in Vishwakarma's name. Artisans clean their tools and old machinery is also painted. Vishwakarma's blessings are sought for a bright future, prosperity and safe working environment. Following Puja, prasad is distributed to all the workers present on the occasion. Many organizations also declare bonus for their workers on the day. Many events are organized on the day such as fairs and shows. In many parts of the county, people fly kites on the day.

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