Vishwakarma Puja: People worship vehicles, metallurgy in Nepal


On the occasion of Vishwakarma Puja, scores of people in Nepal on Friday worshipped vehicles and metallurgy. Vishwakarma, son of Lord Brahma, is regarded as the main craftsman and architect of gods. Locals of Kathmandu thronged to nearby Shaktipeeths and performed pooja of their vehicles with offerings.

In the epic Mahabharata, Vishwakarma is described as ‘The lord of the arts, executor of a thousand handicrafts, the carpenter of gods, most eminent of artisans, the fashioner of all ornaments and a great and immortal god.’ There is a tradition of celebration of Vishwakarma puja on the ninth day of the Dashain festival. Vishwakarma puja is regarded as a resolution time for workers and craftsmen to increase productivity and gain divine inspiration for creating novel products. The celebration generally is done within the factory premises or shop floor, office or workshops.