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Viswakarma Puja

Lord Vishwakarma:Vishwakarma puja in Orissa:Festivals  of Orissa

The Hindu mythology crowns “Lord Vishwakarma” as the presiding deity of Architecture and Engineering. As a mark of reverence, he is still worshipped by the engineering community, industrial houses, artists, craftsmen, and weavers. He is regarded as the supreme worker, the very essence of excellence and quality in craftsmanship. Vishwakarma revealed the sciences of industry to man and is thus the patron god of all the workers and engineers providing them with courage and inspiration. All over the country factories, workshops and manufacturing units are in festive mood. Shop spaces are cleared to make way for the deity.

The Lord on the back of his appurtenance (bahana), the elephant, holds in his four hands, a water-pot, the Vedas, a noose and craftsman's tools. Rituals are followed by the distribution of "prasad". The yearly feast is cooked, where the workmen and the owners lunch together. Throughout the day colorful kites are flown. The sky fills up with all shades and colors. Workers at many places make resolutions to perform better from this auspicious day. One of the important festivals of Orissa, Vishwakarma Puja is marked with usual gaiety. All the industrial places, shops that engage small or heavy machineries and owners vehicles aptly summon the Lord Vishwakarma, thanking Him for His grace and seeking his blessing in smooth running of their machineries. Pandals come up in busy streets and Prasads are distributed to the devotees.