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Devotees offer prayers to God of architecture on Vishwakarma Puja

Jamshedpur, Sept 18: People and organisations dealing in machines celebrated Vishwakarma Puja on Friday with deep reverence while residents offered puja to their electronic belongings and vehicles. On this day, construction works remained suspended owing to the celebration.

Religious ceremonies were performed to pay obeisance to lord Viswakarma also known as the divine engineer. Workers in shops and offices at various sectors worshipped their tools and instruments used in their profession at different places in the city and adjoining Adityapur.

The devotees offered prayers in the morning to the god of artisans. The city wore a festive look with colourful pandals, sources said.

Devotional songs mixed with modern Hindi and Bengali film songs were played at almost all the pandals and small kids danced to the tunes.

Traffic in the city was less compared to other days, despite few interstate buses being seen plying on the road. Despite rain and dark clouds, the city saw multi-coloured kites soaring in the sky as a part of the custom on this day of festivity.

According to Hindu mythology, the son of Lord Brahma, Vishwakarma, designed and built several places for the gods. The day is believed to be resolution time for workers and craftsmen to increase productivity and gain divine inspiration for creating novel products. It is also believed that he designed and built `Lanka` for lord Shiva and goddess Parvati. However, Shiva donated the Golden Lanka to king Ravana as `dakshina`.

On his day, special statues of the deity were installed in workplaces and factories. Nowadays, however, his statues are aptly transformed to match the working place, for example, a factory will depict Vishwakarma like a worker there. The idols are immersed in water at the end of the festival. However, in the mobile era, the celebration has also taken a new look with people exchanging Vishwakarma messages to greet each other in the city.

For owners and workers of micro and small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), the puja was a low-key affair this time, too, amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Several auto, e-rickshaw and cab drivers remain off the road on September 17.

The owner of an electronic shop  said, The prices of commodities and stuff for puja remain generally high ahead of Vishwakarma Puja. “But with the blessings of the Lord, business was better than previous year. This time we will also pray for the situation to get better by next year,” he said.

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