Worshipping the divine architect Vishwakarma and the tools
Vishwakarma Puja is an occasion to worship the tools important for work and focus on their maintenance so that they continue to be the means of livelihood. Whether a writer or a mechanic, each has a tool, computer, pen and machines which need to be taken care of. Vishwakarma Puja was observed in all industrial units, schools and offices of Haridwar district on Monday remembering the divine architect and engineer Vishwakarma. He is considered as the first engineer in the universe.
It is said that lord Vishwakarma is the architect engineer of the abodes of gods – Indrapuri, Yampuri, Varunpuri, Kuberpuri, Pandavpuri, Sudamapuri and Shivanandapuri among others. The vehicles and articles used by the Devas like Pushpak Viman were also made by Vishwakarma. Apart from this the designer earrings worn by the rain God Indra, the Sudarshan Chakra of Lord Vishnu, trident of Shiva were also crafted by the hands of Vishwakarma. He is hailed as constructor of ‘Maya Nagri Dwarika’ in Gujarat where Lord Krishna ruled.
Not only in the sphere of deities but for humans as well there is a tradition of worshipping the tools and instruments with which one works. Vishwakarma Puja was celebrated on Tuesday in the manufacturing industrial units, factories of SIIDCUL and Haridwar industrial area. The engineers and workers organised worship of their tools, conducted yajna and decorated their work areas with glittery wall hangings and paper craft material. Some industrial units had announced no work for the day after the worship.
Speaking to The Pioneer, Arun Saraswat of Kanj Products Limited said, “Our workforce in the administration and information technology sections worshipped their pens and computers while the shop floor made offerings to their machining tools and other spare parts. The machine operators offered incense sticks to the heavy machineries seeking blessings from the deity for safe handling of equipment.”
Artisans, weavers, craftsmen and industrial houses also performed the rituals. Telling the significance of the day, city based astrologer Prateek Mishrapuri said, “Mythology says that lord Vishwakarma created the entire universe, heaven and earth. He is credited for creating weapons and tools used by deities. He is picturised as having four hands, carrying a book, a water pot, a noose and craftsman’s tools.”
At Vishwakarma Ghat of Ganga canal on National Highway opposite Yadav Dharmshala, pilgrims coming from other cities for holy dip also performed the worshipping of the lord’s idol mounted on a platform.
A worker from an automotive industry in SIIDCUL said, “I prayed with my colleagues for safe working conditions, better future and smooth functioning of deadly fast functioning machines which if accidentally mishandled can lead to injuries and even death of a person.”
Notably reference of Vishwakarma also comes in the Vedas especially Rig Veda and is credited with Sthapatya Veda, the science of mechanics and architecture.
Wednesday, 18 September 2019 | PNS | Haridwar
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