Vishwakarma Puja

Vishwakarma Puja is a day that celebrates the divine architect known as Vishwakarma. The divine architect is known as the creator of the world and even created himself through a mysterious process known as Swayambhu or self-manifestation.

He is mentioned in the Rig Veda, where he is referred to as the divine carpenter and is also credited with Sthapatya Veda — also known as the Science of Establishing, a complex and ancient system of city planning that’s done in accordance with Natural Law. As is the case with all Hindu gods, this god is also assigned a day that’s his birthday, which is known as Vishwakarma Jayanti.

The History of Vishwakarma Puja

According to Hindu scripture, mythology, and the ancient books of astrology, Lord Vishwakarma is the divine architect of the world. He not only created himself spontaneously but also created the entirety of the world. It is also said that he created the holy city of Dwarka, which was then ruled by Lord Krishna. He also engineered powerful weapons for the gods. He created the Sthaptya Veda, which is celebrated all across India. Lord Vishwakarma has created palaces for all of the gods, in fact, in all four of the yugas — or ages of time.

How This Day Is Observed

This day is mainly observed in industrial areas and in warehouses and factories. In these places, celebrations are often held right on the floor of the factory or the shop. Because of the close association between artisans and the engineering and architectural communities, this holiday is also observed by artists, industrial workers, mechanics, and craftsmen of all sorts. People observing this holiday will often pray for safe working conditions, success in their respective fields, and for a better future for themselves and their families. It’s also common for machine operators to pray for the proper functioning of their machines throughout the year.

This holiday falls on Kanya Sankranti of the Hindu Lunar Calendar, so it’s observed approximately between September 16th and September 18th on the Gregorian calendar. Typically, this holiday is observed in states such as West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Kerala, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, and Nepal.

It’s also common for all factory workers and their families to install colorful pandals. For those who might not know what a pandal is, it’s a shelter erected in India and is composed of upright poles that support a roof of bamboo matting. This temporary pavilion is then used to house an idol of Vishwakarma that’s decorated. Once the puja has concluded, the offering is then distributed to all of the devotees and people go to lunch with one another.

Over the years, this holiday has managed to keep up with the progress of society. In companies that have IT technology installed, including computers, servers, and other electronic devices, people will often worship them in the name of Lord Vishwakarma. An important note we should include is that regardless of whether the tools are electronic or not, once they’ve been a part of the ceremony, they’re not supposed to be used for the rest of the day.

When is it?
This year (2024)
September 16 Monday
Next year (2025)
September 16 Tuesday
Last year (2023)
September 17 Sunday