Thursday, 7 July 2011
Lord Vishwakarma is god for arts and he is the son of God Brahma. All construction workers celebrate this day with enthusiasm.
There are many stories about the architecture ability of Vishwakarma. He built many wonders such as Golden Lanka, Hasthinapuram, Dwaraka , etc. Here I will explain the story behind Golden Lanka. After the marriage of Lord Paramasivan with Parvathy, Vishwakarma built a superb palace made by pure gold for them. The demon Ravana was invited to do the rituals for Grahapravesam. After the ceremony Siva told Ravana that he can ask anything as Dakshina. Impressed by the beauty of the Palace Ravanan asked the palace of Gold as Dakshina. Shivaan granted Ravanan’s wish thus the Golden Lanka came to the hands of Ravana.
Biswakarma is referred to the old carpenter who came from nowhere and persuaded king Indradyumna to allow him to make the idol of Jagannath out of the "Daru" or sandalwood log. On tenth day of complete isolation however at the behest of the queen Gundicha the doors are opened ajar and the half-made idols were found in the sanctum - sanctorium. From those days this festival is associated with installing the idol of Vishwakarma and worshipping him to protect the business interests and trading. The employee and the employer in factories and mills treat this day auspicious for their gainful association.
The festival of the God of Architecture, Biswakarma, the Divine Architect, is celebrated in September by industrial houses, artists, craftsmen, and weavers. Artisans clean their tools and repaint old machines. The day is also one for flying Kites.
Biswakarma is known as the divine engineer since the Puranic age. As a mark of reverence He is still worshipped specially by the engineering community. The festival is observed on the Kanya Sankranti Day (September) which follows the Ganesh Puja, in every industrial towns of Orissa. Towns like Hirakud and Rourkela present the grandest ceremony on the occesion depicting different fire works connected with modern technology.
The celebration is mainly done in factories and industrial areas. Shop floors in various factories wear a festive look on this occasion. In beautifully decorated pandals the image of Biswakarma and his faithful elephant are inaugurated and worshipped. Biswakarma is the divine architect of the whole universe and is personification of the creative power that wields heaven and earth together. He has four hands, carrying a water-pot, a book, a noose and craftsman’s tools. All the divine weapons, chariots, etc. possessed by gods are his creation. He is also the chief architect and builder of Lanka, Dwarka and Yampuri. His daughter Sanjana was married to Surya (Sun-God) and Saranya to Vaivaswat Manu. Mythology says that it was Biswakarma who crafted the entire universe, and that is why he is regarded as the supreme worker, the very essence of excellence and quality in craftsmanship. He revealed the sciences of industry to man and is the patron deity of all those who are engaged in productive enterprises.
Lord Vishwakarma uses Pushpak Vimaan a rapid chariot. His creations number of worldly spaces and weapons. He is the architect and builder of Dwarka, the place where Load Krishna live. He also creates town of Indraprastha and Hastinapur. Sudarsana Chakra and Agneyastra as well are also amongst his huge creations. In fact, legendary Golden Lanka (Sri Lanka) was also built by Lord VISHWAKARMA.
Lord Vishwakarma decorated white and has a club in his wrists as well as holds a book, a water-pot, a noose and craftsman’s tools in his left hand. He is the revealer of the science of design and workings. Lord Vishwa Karma is called as Sthapatya Veda.
Lord VISHWAKARMA with multi-hand is accepted by every Indian as the creator of Universe. Lord VISHWAKARMA is described as the God of carpenters, goldsmiths, blacksmiths, masons and all those people who are skilled. Lord VISHWAKARMA is as great as Lord BRAHMA, VISHNU, MAHESH because all scriptures concerned with Hindu religion contains episodes of his glorious contributions.
Everything in this world we see like big dams, the reservoirs, bridges, skyscrapers, airplanes and all sought of mechanics around which our life revolves are the product of Hammer and Chisel, which represent. Lord VISHWAKARMA. Mankind cannot deny these facts as it would be a betrayal of our mythological history.
According to mythology, scriptures and holy books, we can say that every creation of this universe is done by lord Vishwakarma – THE CREATOR OF UNIVERSE.