Vishwakarma Day, also known as Vishwakarma Jayanti or Vishwakarma Puja, is a day of celebration for Vishwakarma, a Hindu god. Vishwakarma is considered as swayambhu and creator of the world. He is the deity of the creative power that holds the universe together and is considered to be the original creator, architect, divine engineer of the universe. The divine creator constructed the holy city of Dwarka where Lord Krishna ruled. In Rig Veda, Vishwakarma is also called the divine carpenter as he was the creator of many extraordinary weapons for the gods. Vishwakarma Puja is generally celebrated every year on September 17 or 18, the last day of the Indian Bhado month, in Assam, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and Tripura. Vishwakarma puja is also celebrated a day after Diwali, along with Govardhan Puja in October-November.
Vishwakarma Puja is celebrated on the day Surya Bhagwan or sun deity leaves Simha rashi and enters Kanya rashi, otherwise known as Kanya Sankranti Diwas. Punya Kaal Muhurta for Kanya Sankranti Diwas is 07:01 am to 1:26 pm and Mahapunya Kaal Muhurta is 07:01 am to 07:25 am, according to drikpanchang.com
Vishwakarma Puja is observed in factories and industrial areas. Lord Vishwakarma is worshiped by not just the engineering and architectural community but by artisans, craftsmen, mechanics, smiths, welders, industrial workers, factory workers and others and they refrain from using tools on this day.
The workers pray for a better future, safe working conditions and success in their respective fields on Vishwakarma Puja.
The West Bengal government has declared half-day holiday on the occasion of the Vishwakarma Puja.
All state government offices, urban and rural bodies, corporations, undertakings and educational institutions and other institutions under the control of the state government, shall be closed at 2 pm on Monday, the government order said.
However, the offices of the registrar of assurances, the collector of stamp revenue and the state beverages corporation limited would not come under the purview of the order.