Biswakarma Puja date is 17th September 2023 (Sunday) as per Kohinoor Odia Calendar. But as per Biraja Oriya Calendar, Vishwakarma Puja and Ganesh Puja will be celebrated on the same day i.e. 18th September 2023 (Monday). Kanya Sankranti also falls on the same day. Happy Biswakarma Puja odia image, photo, song, wishes, mantra, and book pdf are available here.
Biswakarma Puja is an important festival in Odisha. It is a resolution time for workers and craftsmen to increase productivity and gain divine inspiration for creating novel products. This ritual usually takes place within the factory premises or shop floor, and the otherwise mundane workshops come alive with the fiesta. Paradip Vishwakarma Puja is famous in Odisha.
Majority of the Hindu festivals are not celebrated on a constant date because most auspicious days and festivals depend on the lunar calendar and on tithi lunar day, which changes annually. But the majority of times Biswakarma Puja falls on September 17 (very rarely it might vary by a day). This year in 2023, the festival will be celebrated on 17 Sep in some parts of Odisha and also on 18 Sep in other parts.
In Hindu Mythology, Lord Biswakarma is the divine architect of the universe. He is also called the divine carpenter and is mentioned in the Rigveda and is credited with Sthapatya Veda, the science of mechanics and architecture.
The Lord on the back of his appurtenance (bahana), the elephant, holds in his four hands, a water pot, the Vedas, a noose, and craftsman’s tools. Rituals are followed by the distribution of “prasad”. The yearly feast is cooked, where the workmen and the owners lunch together.
Biswakarma is referred to the old carpenter who came from nowhere and persuaded King Indradyumna to allow him to make the idol of Jagannath out of the “Daru” or sandalwood log. On the tenth day of complete isolation, however, at the behest of Queen Gundicha, the doors are opened ajar and the half-made idols were found in the sanctum – sanctorium. From those days this festival is associated with installing the idol of Biswakarma and worshipping him to protect the business interests and trading.
Happy Biswakarma Puja!