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India celebrates Vishwakarma Day today
Vishwakarma Day is being celebrated today, September 17, in Rajasthan with special worshiping of Lord Vishwakarma, machines and tools in various factories, industrial premises, technical institutes and workshops.

 The day is also celebrated in with a fanfare in Karnataka, West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orrisa, and Tripura. On this day, workers clean and decorate their machines, instruments and tools on this day and refrain from using them on this day. In many cities, workers gather in one common place and perform the puja with reverence for both Lord Vishavakarma and their tools that provide livelihood to them. 

In India, Vishwakarma Day is celebrated to worship Vishwakarma - the divine architect, mechanic and carpenter. In Hindu scriptures, he has been mentioned as one of the fourteen precious things created through the Samudra Manthan. It is believed that he constructed the holy city of Dwarka for Lord Krishna and the Maya Mahal of the Pandavas. 

He is also mentioned in the Rig Veda and is credited for Sthapatya Vigyan, the science of mechanics and architecture along with being the creator of many powerful weapons for the gods. According to,"Vishwakarma is the presiding deity of all craftsmen and architects. Son of Brahma, he is the divine draftsman of the whole universe, and the official builder of all the gods’ palaces. Vishwakarma is also the designer of all the flying chariots of the gods, and all their weapons." 

At the household level, many professional like writers, artisans, craftsmen, mechanics,   factory workers, and manual workers worship Lord Vishwakarma on this day and pray for a better future and success in their respective fields. 

A common wish on the day goes as follows: May Lord Vishwakarma - the divine crafts man, sculptor - architect and engineer of the Gods bless your work, skills and tools to fill your home with prosperity and fortune!

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