West Bengal celebrates Vishwakarma Puja
Kolkata along with the rest of West Bengal worshipped the master of all mechanics and god of architecture on Tuesday as marquees, workshops and garages in the state celebrated Vishwakarma Puja.
The worshipping of Lord Vishwakarma ushers in the festive season in Kolkata that will continue till Diwali.
Worshipped as the divine engineer of the world, Vishwakarma is not only revered by the engineering and architectural community but also by all professionals. It is customary for craftsmen to worship their tools in His name.
The festival has its own fervour as people from all walks of life take the advantage of this day to soak in the happiness and fun of kite flying.
Kite flying gatherings and competitions are organised in several places that witness surprising attendance of adults along with youngsters every year.
Several cultural events are also organised in 'puja pandals' to mark the day.
Numerours marquees are spotted across Kolkata on this day, with loudspeakers blaring popular Hindi film songs and multi-coloured kites soaring high in the firmament.
Preparations commence a day before in the city of joy with a heavy rush in market, as people are busy buying idols of Lord Vishwakarma, and other articles for the rituals.
Factories, garages, engineering institutes and workshops, donning colourful floral decorations, observe a holiday on Vishwarkarma Puja to please the Hindu deity of all craftsmen, architects and engineers.
(Posted on 17-09-2013)