The Hindu Religion can rightly be called, “The Religion of Festivals.” Each year hundreds of festivals are celebrated, which are dedicated to various Hindu Gods and Goddesses. An atmosphere of festivity is maintained throughout the year. It reaffirms the principle that “Life is a Celebration.” One Such hugely popular festival is Lord Vishwakarma Puja.
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.
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.
About Lord Vishwakarma
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.
Family Life and Descendants
Vishwakarma married Gayatri and had two daughters named Sanjana and Barhismati. Sanjana married Surya deva and started to be called as Saranyu. Barhismati married Priyavrata and had a daughter named Oorjaswati and 10 sons. Oorjaswati married Shukracharya. They had 5 children called Twastra, Dharatra, Sham, Araila and Devyanee. Devyanee would wed Yayati and would give birth to Yadu, the starter of the Chandravansha also called Yadava vansh.
Vishwakarma has created most of the gods’ weapons, flying chariots, and palaces. He has also created many amazing cities on Earth.
When Kubera went to Vishwakarma for a residence after he became the god of wealth, Vishwakarma created the splendid city of Alakpuri on Mount Mandara.
These are the most beautiful gardens in the universe. These were created by Vishwakarma for Kubera. Vishwakarma built them near Alakpuri.
3. Indra’s Palace
After Indra became the king of the deva, he requested Vishwakarma to make a really amazing and colossal palace. Indra had Vishwakarma redo the palace and make it more grand multitudinous times.
This city made entirely of gold was originally created Vishwakarma. After some time, the Rakshasa Sumali and his brothers seized the city from Vishwakarma. After the Rakshasa ran away because of Vishnu, Kubera took control of the city. Later, Ravana banished Kubera and started ruling. After Ravan’s death in the Ramayana, Vibhishana, his righteous brother, ruled for a very long time.
When Jarasandha kept attack the Yadavas at Mathura, Krishna and the Yadavas moved to an island in near Saurastra. There Krishna invoked Vishwakarma to build a beautiful city. Vishwakarma notified Krishna that the city could be built only if Samudradeva (god of the oceans and seas) gave some land. Krishna prayed to Samudradeva and eventually Samudradeva gave Krishna 12 yojans. Vishwakarma then built a beautiful city for Krishna and the Yadavas. This city came to be called as Dvaraka.
6. Flying chariots of the devas
Most of the flying chariots of the devas were built by Vishwakarma.
7. Pushpaka Vimana
Kubera was really deformed. He had a hard time moving around. When Brahma saw this he felt sad for Kubera. To help, he had Vishwakarma build a flying chariot called the Pushpaka Vimana for Kubera. This chariot would obey any commands such as right, left, up, backward, forwards, down, etc.
Once, a Brahmin named Vritra became evil and began to battle with the devas. The devas found it really difficult to defeat him. They went to Vishnu deva for help. Vishnu deva adviced to makes a weapon out of sage Dadichi’s bones. Sage Dadichi agreed and sat in meditation. Soon, his soul left his body. Vishwakarma then created a gruesome weapon called the Vajra out of sage Dadichi’s bones. Soon, Indra deva killed Vritrasura with his new weapon: the Vajra.
Vishwakarma also created Yamapuri for Yamadeva, his Yamadutas, and his other advisors and ministers such as Chitragupta.