Guwahati: Come September 17 or 18 (usually the last day of the Indian month of Bhado), and devotees from Assam, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, and Tripura come together to celebrate Vishwakarma Puja, a day dedicated to Hindu deity Vishwakarma.
For those uninitiated, Vishwakarma is considered as the divine architect, the "creator of the world”. In Hindu mythology, he is said to have constructed the holy city of Dwarka where Lord Krishna ruled, the Maya Sabha of the Pandavas, and the creator of many fabulous weapons for the Gods. He is also called the divine carpenter, is mentioned in the Rig Veda, and is credited with Sthapatya Veda, the science of mechanics and architecture.
On this day, devotees are generally seen performing pujas at their homes, workplaces or pandals in public places. But there is one temple in Guwahati, Assam -- also said to be one of the oldest in the world -- that is dedicated to Vishwakarma.
The only temple of its kind was built sometime around 1952, say reports.
“Every year, a large number of devotees perform puja on this day. For the past 25 years, I have observed that the number of devotees to perform Vishwakarma Puja here is increasing gradually,” Tapan Sharma Adhikari, Panda, Kamakhya Dhaam, said.