Vishwakarma Puja, also known as Vishwakarma Jayanti is a widely celebrated festival in eastern India. It is celebrated every year on September 17 and the day after Diwali. The day is dedicated to Vishwakarma, the Hindu God of Architecture and is called ‘Devashilpi’. In Hindu mythology, he is considered as the Divine Architect. There is a long history of celebrations and significance of the festival for Ancient Hindu God of Engineering and deity of craftsmen. Vishwakarma Puja 2017 date is falling on Sunday and just like auspicious muhurat timings, it is Sankranti moment that is important in Vishwakarma Puja.
Vishwakarma Puja falls on the last day of the Bengali month Bhadra which is also known as Bhadra Sankranti or Kanya Sankranti. Kanya Sankranti marks the beginning of the sixth month in Hindu Solar Calendar, corresponds to the month of September in Gregorian Calendar. The Puja calculations are done according to Bisuddha Siddhanta Panjika, an ancient Hindu astronomical almanack. While there remains a talk over the exact date of Vishwakarma birthday, nevertheless the Puja is celebrated on two days under different names – Rishi Panchami Dinam and Vishwakarma Jayanthi. It is widely celebrated in Indian states such as Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Assam, West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, and Tripura.
2017 Vishwakarma Puja Date and Time
The 2017 Vishwakarma Puja date and time are as such – The sunrise timing is 6.17 am and the sunset time is 18.24 pm. The Sankranti moment is 00:54 on September 17th, 2017, according to Drik Panchang. The puja will see the invocation of the divine engineer by devotees consisting of craftsmen, artisans, smiths, mechanics, welders, factory workers and industrial workers. They seek Lord Vishwakarma’s blessings to increase productivity in their work and also an inspiration for in the field of creation and innovation; after all, he is the god who created jaw-dropping architectural wonders.
Vishwakarma Puja History
He is also called the divine carpenter, is mentioned in the Rig Veda, and is credited with Sthapatya Veda, the science of mechanics and architecture. According to the Hindu scriptures, Vishwakarma, the son of Lord Brahma is the one who created the entire universe as well as the ‘Swarg Lok’ or heaven and the earth. He is also known for creating the missiles and flying chariots used in the mythological era, including the Vajra, the sacred weapon of Lord Indra, from the bones of sage Dadhichi. Among his biggest architectural wonders are – ‘Sone ki Lanka’ in Treta Yuga, the city of Dwarka in Dwapar yuga, and Hastinapur and Indraprastha in the Kali-yuga.
Story of Golden Lanka Built by Vishwakarma
According to Hindu epic story Ramayana, the famous ‘Sone ki Lanka’ or Golden Lanka was the place where the demon king Ravana lived and kept Mata Sita, Lord Ram’s wife as a hostage. But do you know the story behind the construction of Golden Lanka? It is quite interesting. According to the legends, when Lord Shiva married Parvati, he asked Vishwakarma to build a beautiful place for them to reside.
An elated Vishwakarma on being asked to make a palace for Mahadev himself, put all his efforts to make palace made of gold. For the housewarming ceremony, Lord Shiva invited his staunch devotee and wise pandit Ravana to perform the “Grihapravesh” ritual. After the sacred ceremony when Shiva asked Ravana to ask anything in return as “Dakshina,” Ravana, smitten with the beauty and grandeur of the palace, asked Shiva for the golden palace. Shiva was obliged to accede to Ravana’s wish, and the Golden Lanka became Ravana’s palace.
Vishwakarma Puja Celebrations
Work is Worship – we all have grown up hearing this popular phrase. Vishwakarma, the Lord of Engineering and Construction blesses his followers on the day to have fruitful time at the workplace. Vishwakarma Puja is not just limited to factories and industries among craftsmen, architects, mechanics and smiths but everyone in the Hindu household worships the Hindu God for productivity at work. Idols of Vishwakarma are installed in specially decorated pandals at every workplace and factory with employers also choosing the day to announce bonus. It is a common practice for people to worship machines, tools and vehicles on the day. In some parts of India, people fly kites and mark Vishwakarma Puja.