Bishwakarma is a white-bearded lord, in his hands, he holds a water pot, book, craftsman’s tools, and a noose. This Divine Architect in Hindu Mythology, the son of Lord Brahma, is often seen sitting astride an elephant.
Bishwakarma Puja Day or Bishwakarma Jayanti to many is His birthday that falls on Kanya Sankranti, the first day of Ashwin month of Bikram Sambat Calendar. It is a very important day for Engineers, Architects, Weavers, Craftsmen, Mechanics, Smiths, Welders, Industrial and Factory Workers. On this day, people decorate their offices with flowers and decorative festoons to organise puja (ritual) at the workplace and worship tools to venerate Lord Bishwakarma. It is resolution time for all craftsmen to increase productivity and get inspired for creating novel products”. In fact, all the professionals should celebrate this festival to be blessed to progress in their chosen field of work.
According to Hindu Mythology, this Divine Architect has created mesmerizing palaces for gods in heaven and on earth for those who incarnated as humans. Flying chariots and armoury for Gods are also attributed to Him.
He first built the Swarga Lok, a heavenly abode beyond Universe ruled by Lord Indra. This is where all the gods reside.
He designed Lord Krishna’s city Dwarka, which now is believed to have submerged in the sea for hundreds of years.
Bishwakarma besides for gods was also the creator of the Mythical Gold Palace in Lanka for Ravana, the ten-headed King of Demons as mentioned in Ramayan Epic. According to the 5th century Sri Lankan text Mahavamsa, the Lanka of Ravana, an Island-country on the Indian Ocean must have been Sri Lanka of present times.
His other famous creations are Hastinapur and Indraprastha. Hastinapur as mentioned in Mahabharata Epic is Pandav Brothers Kingdom which is in Meerut, India and Indraprastha is the City of Lord Indra. He also created the figurines of Lord Balabhadra, Lord Jagannath and Goddess Subhadra at Jagannath Temple in Odisha, India.
The vehicles are also worshipped on this day. Red and white cotton clothes are offered to machinery and vehicles. In Nepal, people alternatively celebrate Bishwakarma Puja to vehicle and tools on Maha Navami, the ninth day of Dashain.