Vishwakarma Puja is celebrated on the day of Bhadra Sankranti which is the last day of the Bengali month Bhadra. It usually falls on 17th September every year. Lord Vishwakarma is remembered on the day of Vishwakarma Puja. The occasion is also known as Vishwakarma Jayanti. It is celebrated with tremendous devotion throughout the length and breadth of the country including states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Karnataka, Assam, West Bengal, and Tripura.
Lord Vishwakarma is considered as the divine engineer and the principal architect of the Universe. Hindus consider him as a God and believe that He is a divine architect of the Universe. He is the chief deity of all architects and engineers. He is believed to have constructed the holy city of Dwarka, the capital of Lord Krishna’s kingdom. He is also the creator of many fabulous weapons for the “Devtas”.
Lord Vishwakarma is mentioned in the Rig Vedas and credited with “Sthapatya Veda,” the science of mechanics, engineering, and architecture. He was born to Vasu Prabhasa and Yoga Siddha.
His wife’s name was Gayatri Devi. He is believed to have emerged during Samudra Manthan. He adorns gold jewelry and a crown. In his hands, he holds a water pot, book, craftsman’s tools, and a noose.
Why is Vishwakarma Puja celebrated?
Vishwakarma Puja is celebrated to worship Lord Vishwakarma. He is the chief architect and engineer of the Gods. Vishwakarma Ji knows as the creation of many mythological cities and weapons. He is immensely popular among Hindus. All professionals including craftsmen and workers worship Him on his birthday and celebrate this day as Vishwakarma Puja.
As Lord Vishwakarma is the God of Engineering and Architecture; in factories, workshops, and industries performs Vishwakarma Puja. All professionals including craftsmen, workers, engineers, architects, celebrate the festival with great devotion, joy, and enthusiasm.
Lord Vishwakarma bestows his special blessings on persons who worship him on this day. He grants them with knowledge, working skills, and efficiency so that they may excel in their field.
With the help of the Vishwakarma Puja, machinery and equipment are kept in excellent conditions and industries flourish with his blessings. Normally, on this day, after Vishwakarma Puja, machines are allowed to rest and the holiday is declared for workers.
A statue or picture of Lord Vishwakarma is placed in the factory on this day. All workers gather at one place and offer prayers to Lord Vishwakarma. Gifts are distributed to workers.
How to Perform Vishwakarma Puja?
Ideally, every professional should perform Vishwakarma Puja so that the Lord Vishwakarma bless them and they may attain professional excellence. The Vishwakarma Puja ensures that the coming year will pass without any major technical problem.
First, you should arrange an idol of Lord Vishwakarma for the puja celebrations. If you are not able to procure an idol of Lord Vishwakarma, then you must get an image or picture of Lord Vishwakarma.
Apart from this, you should also contact a priest who can perform Vishwakarma Puja. The priest will tell you the items that required at the time of puja. Make sure that you have all the items ready for the Vishwakarma Puja Day.
You must also ensure that the factory is cleaned well before the Puja begins. Especially, the place where you have to place Lord Vishwakarma idol and that place should be washed and cleaned thoroughly before the placement of idol. The machines should be kept in perfect condition. You should also try to decorate the factory premises.
The Puja Muhurat
You must consult with your priest about Puja Muhurat. You must make sure that all the preparations are done before the Puja Muhurat so that puja and celebrations can go ahead without any hindrance. You must announce the puja timings to your workers and make sure that they are present before the puja starts.
The Puja Rituals
The priest performs the Vishwakarma Puja. Aarti is sung, and mantras are chanted. Some of the most sacred Vishwakarma Puja mantras include:
!! Om Aadhaar Shaktapey Namaha!!
!! Om Kumayi Namaha!!
!! Om Anantam Namaha!!
!! Prithviyayi Namaha!!
After puja ceremony, Prasadam is distributed to all the workers. Lunch is organized in the factory area.
The idol of Lord Vishwakarma should be kept overnight along with the things that were used during the puja. An “Akhand Diya” is lit beside the idol or image of Lord Vishwakarma. On the next day, Visarjan Ceremony is performed, and all the puja items are immersed in a nearby water body.