Who is Lord Biswakarma?
Biswakarma is a Hindu Deity. He is the God of Architecture and is known as the ‘Divine Architect’. Lord Biswakarma is regarded as the swayambhu and creator of the world, as well as Hastinapur.
Other than this, he is also believed to have been behind the design of the holy city of Dwarka, the capital from where Lord Krishna ruled. The Palace of Illusions or Maya Sabha for the Pandavas in Mahabharat was also constructed by Lord Biswakarma.
Lord Biswakarma has been mentioned in the Rig Veda in some places. He is also referred to as the divine carpenter. He is remembered with reverence as the author of the Sthapatya Veda, which is the science of mechanics and architecture.
When is Biswakarma Puja celebrated?
Biswakarma Puja is performed on the day of Biswakarma Jayanti, the day when the divine god of architecture is remembered. As per the Hindu calendar, Biswakarma Jayanti falls on Kanya Sankranti. This the day is generally 16 or 19 September every year as per the Gregorian calendar. This year, it falls on 16 September.
Some places follow the solar calendar, and the Puja is done on the last day of the Bhadra month as per this calendar. The states of Assam, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, and Tripura follows the solar calendar.
Apart from these Indian states, Nepal is also a country that celebrates this day.
Who celebrates it?
This day is observed mainly in factories and industrial areas. It is mostly done on the floor of the shop or work area.
To show their respect for the occasion, this day of worship is not only followed by the engineering and architectural community, but also by artisans, craftsmen, mechanics, welders, industrial workers, and others.
The working folk mainly wish for the smooth functioning of the machines and equipment they use. Craftsmen also worship their tools in the name of Lord Biswakarma and do not use these tools while they are doing so.
Every workplace or factory usually already has pictures or idols of Lord Biswakarma installed in order to have a tension-free work atmosphere on a regular basis. As for the modern devices, their smooth functioning is what is asked for by the divine architect.
On the day of the Puja, all the workers usually gather in one place in order to perform the rituals. Devotees worship Lord Biswakarma along with his choice of Vahan is the elephant. The idol of Lord Biswakarma is placed on an elevated platform within the place of work or on the floor, and this is where the rituals are performed.
At times, the family members of the workers also take part in the puja and related festivities. Post the Puja, there is also a community meal that is organized, which is eaten by both the workers and their families.
Muhurat for the Biswakarma Puja in 2020
Since the Biswakarma Puja falls on Kanya Sankranti, which starts from 7.27 am. Puja can be performed at any time after this.
Biswakarma Puja Date: September 16, 2020.
How to perform the Biswakarma Puja 2020?
The Biswakarma Puja can be performed either by an individual or as a group at a factory or place of work. However, remember to surely take a bath in the morning before going to perform the Puja or take part in it.
Remember to decorate the place of worship and the idols with flowers and tilak. Also, all of the tools and devices used at the place of work need to apply with vermillion, tilak, and Akshat.
After doing this, you must offer some flowers and then place a Kalash in front of the idol. While paying your respects and worshipping the idol, you can also use a Diya, incense stick, betel nut, etc.
The person doing the Aarti should take some flowers and a few grains of rice in hand while meditating on the versatile Lord Biswakarma. After doing this, you must sprinkle flowers and rice all around the place of work or establishment.
The mantra to be recited while performing the Puja is:
“Om Prithvai Namah Om Anantham Namah Om Qumayi Namah Om Shri Srishtanaya Sarvasiddhaya Vishwakarmaaya Namo Namah”
If you wish, these mantras can also be recited when you are worshipping the tools and equipment. It is also advised to get a havan done at the place on the day of Biswakarma Puja, in order to further please Lord Biswakarma on this auspicious day.
After the puja, the havan and all other rituals, prasad should be distributed on this day among the family members, colleagues and all people who were present for the Puja. Another thing that you can do is tie a red thread on our right hand and pray to Lord Biswakarma in order to receive more blessing for your work to be carried out successfully