City Gears up for Vishwakarma Puja


Bhubaneswar: Preparations are on in full swing in the city for the Vishwakarma Puja celebration coming up on September 17. Traditional idol-makers are seen working to finish the idols of different shapes and sizes.

On the day of the Puja, idols of the deity are installed in engineering colleges, hospitals working with medical equipments, physics, electronics and other branches of science colleges and institutes imparting courses in architecture, engineering workshops etc.

Residents owning or depending on any machines, including the autorickshaw drivers, also invoke the deity. Residents in the city also invite priests to get the puja of their vehicles done.

The deity is regarded as the ace architect with the credit of designing and constructing swarg (heaven) in Hindu mythology and even Hastinapur and Indraprastha in the Mahabharat. According to Odia legends, it is widely believed that Vishwakarma is the sculptor, who has created the idols of Lord Jagannath and His siblings.