17 September 2019
Bhubaneswar: Vishwakarma is believed to be the main architect of the Universe. Vishwakarma Puja or Vishwakarma Jayanti is the celebration of the divine architect. The festival is being celebrated on Tuesday this year.
According to legends, it is believed that the universe was born out of Vishwakarma's navel. This mirrors the story of Brahma creating the universe; where scriptures say that Vishwakarma is the son of the creator, Brahma.
According to another legend, Vishwakarma is believed to be born out of Ocean churning. As per the Puranas, Vishwakarma was the divine architect who designed Heaven (Swarga), Lanka, Hastinapur and Indraprastha. He is the official architect of all the palaces where the Gods reside. He is also the designer of all the flying chariots and weapons of the Gods.
The puja falls on 'Kanya Sankranti' of Hindu Calendar. It is a main Hindu festival where workers and craftsmen give their tools a break and resolute to increase their productivity, to gain inspiration from the Lord to create novel things and think of novel ideas.
The Vishwakarma Puja is observed by states such as Assam, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, and Tripura. The festival is even celebrated in Nepal.