Yesterday Vishwakarma Puja was celebrated in my Department of Electrical Engineering. Lord Vishwakarma is a Hindu deity known as the divine engineer and architect in Hinduism.
Hindu mythology is full of Vishwakarma’s many architectural wonders. Through the four ‘yugas’, he had built several towns and palaces for the gods. In “Satya yuga”, he built the Swarg Loke, or heaven, the abode of the gods and demigods where Lord Indra rules. Vishwakarma then built the ‘Sone ki Lanka’ in “Treta yuga”, the city of Dwarka in “Dwapar yuga”, and Hastinapur and Indraprastha in the “Kali yuga”.
Vishwakarma Puja is celebrated on Kanya Sankranti day which comes after Ganeshotsav. All engineering and architectural community celebrate this day and worship Him. Craftsmen worship their tools in His name. He is supposed to provide excellence and quality in work and blessing for proper working of machinery and tools. Though the festival is mainly celebrated in factories and industries with much grandeur, we have the tradition of celebrating it in our engineering college’s laboratories and workshop also. Here is a photo feature of the whole event. Place the mouse on the photos to read the captions.
Next is a video where a student is explaining to me the meaning of the technical rangoli made by the girls.
Then these two videos are of Electric Machine Lab of my department where the Puja was conducted.
The Mechanical Department celebrates the day with more fervor. They cook khichdi in huge amount and distribute it as prasad in the entire college. But all departments except Electrical and Mechanical do not celebrate the day. I think they should….Lord Vishwakarma can be a great help in keeping computers virus-free, softwares glitch-free and can even make oscilloscopes display correct waveforms!! And of course He gives students a half day in college and prasad to not-so-religious-people-with-sweet tooth like me.