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Vishwakarma Jayanti is a festival celebrated in the honour of Lord Vishwakarma, the God of architecture. The festival, which falls in the month of September, on the day of Kanya Sankranti, is a day of great significance for all skilled professionals especially those working in the industries. It is believed that Lord Vishwakarma is the architect of Gods and is responsible not only for creating the entire universe, but also various mythological towns and cities such as, Lanka, Dwarka and Indraprastha.
Vishwakarma Jayanti Date:
2016: 17 September
2017: 17 September
2018: 17 September
2019: 17 September
The Legend of Vishwakarma Jayanti
Lord Vishwakarma is believed to be the teacher of the science of craftsmanship and industrial skills. His image is of a four handed god, each of which holds a pot of water, a noose, a book and craftsmen’s tools. He is also seen supporting a crown on his head and wearing lots of jewellery. There is a famous legend associated with the sculpting skills of Lord Vishwakarma, which is as follows.
It is said that once a king requested Lord Vishwakarma to create a beautiful idol of Lord Jagannath. Although Lord Vishwakarma agreed to do the task, he put one condition before the king. He told the king that he would carve the idol in a closed room and would come out only when the idol was complete. He stressed that no-one was to open the door of the room till the time he himself brought out the completed idol of Lord Jagannath.
The King agreed to do as asked by the deity after which Lord Vishwakarma set to his task of carving an idol of Lord Jagannath. However, as many days passed and Lord Vishwakarma still did not come out of the room, the king started to become anxious and restless. Finally, one day, the king unable to bear the suspense any longer, pushed open the doors of the room where Vishwakarma was working. However, on entering it, he was surprised to find only a half completed idol of Lord Jagannath while Lord Vishwakarma was nowhere to be found. It is said that since then only the half-finished idol of Lord Jagannath is worshipped.
Vishwakarma Jayanti Celebration
On the day of Vishwakarma Jayanti, all the industries and workshops observe a holiday; Artisans and craftsmen clean their tools and offer prayers to Lord Vishwakarma after placing their tools in front of his idol or picture. Workshops and industries are also decorated as a part of the festivities.
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