Vishwakarma Day is celebrated in the remembrance of the Hindu God Vishwakarma who was known for his artistic skills and architect. The day is also known as Vishwakarma Puja or Vishwakarma Jayanti as it marks the birth of the universal architecture. The festival is usually celebrated on the 17th September of every year. It falls on the last day of BhadraBhadra
The Bhagavata Purana gives her the epithet Kaikeyi, the princess of the Kaikeya kingdom. She was the daughter of King Dhrishtaketu and his wife Shrutakirti, the sister... (August-September), according to Bengali calendar. The day holds utmost importance for people of Bengal, Tripura, Jharkhand and Orissa.
Workplaces usually remain close on this day as the machines are not to be put in use, but some arena might be cleaned up to perform a special Puja. Vishwakarma’s idol is installed, along with a statue of his faithful elephant and various offerings of fresh fruits are made to him. The pandals are beautifully decorated with flowers and mango leaves. The female workers or the family members of the owners of the factories apply vermilion on gadgets to ensure its long use. The machines are also first washed and then oiled. A huge variety of food items is prepared which are first offered to the God and then distributed among the workers as prasadam. The day also absolves the distinction between the employers and employees as everyone come together to enjoy the day. When all the rituals are completed, the idol is submerged in the water, and people join hands to seek for Vishwakarma’s blessings.
Kite flying is also part of the celebrations. People gather on the terrace of their offices and have kite flying competitions. Though the day is marked as a holiday for many workplaces, staff might opt to celebrate the day and arrange cultural programs. Some owners might also announce bonus or increments in the salaries for the workers on this auspicious day.
While performing the Puja, one should chant the following mantra:
“Om Shree Shirshtinathaya Sarvasidhhaya Vishwakarmaya Namo Namah”.
Vishwakarma was not only prayed to because he was a universal carpenter but because his artistic skills and craftsmanship were unmatchable. Thus people who earn their living through their artistic skills, i.e., mechanics, welders, artisans, smiths, etc., perform the above-mentioned rituals to gain a better and secure future for themselves. They always want to learn more to keep up with the new challenges of their work arena thus they ask for help from Vishwakarma to achieve success in their various fields.
Industry workers pray for the smooth functioning of their machines. They hope that their daily earning will not be affected, and they will be able to continue their hard-work without facing many hurdles. Modern servers are also worshipped for their smooth functioning. People also pray for safe working conditions so that no harm comes to the workers and their health.
The day is beneficial if someone is trying to own assets like office and machinery. It also gave mark a period of success in one’s professional life.