Vishwakarma puja popular around iron ore rich areas in India

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Vishwakarma Puja, Iron God On the Vishwakarma puja celebrated with pomp and show in many parts of Jharkhand,Bihar and Bengal on Monday,all factories and newspaper publication houses remained closed.

“Lord Vishwakarma is the presiding deity of all architects. He is the official builder of all the gods’ palaces, and the designer of all celestial vehicles and weapons. Hindus widely regard Vishwakarma as the god of architecture and engineering,”writes Subhamoy Das in an article-Vishwakarma – Lord of Architecture- carried by about.com.

This puja associated with rituals surrounding iron products and practiced in iron rich areas,is held every year on September 17.During the puja craftsmen and workers pray for increase in productivity and derive divine inspiration for creating novel products.” This ritual usually takes place within the factory premises or shop floor, and the otherwise mundane workshops come alive with fiesta”,adds Das in the same article.

Vishwakarma Puja is also associated with the buoyant custom of flying kites. This occasion in a way also marks the start of the festive season that culminates in Diwali.However,this puja is not popular in many states of the south and north India including Delhi and Punjab.

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