Lord Viswakarma is the Devine Architect of the whole universe.
He is the personification of the creative power that welds heaven and earth
together. He is the son of Brahma and is the official architect of all Gods
palaces, flying chariots and their weapons.
Viswakarma is the brain behind the invention of
STAPATHYA VEDA or the science of Mechanics and architecture. He was the perfect
blend of Black Smith, Carpenter, Bronze Smith, Sculpture, Gold Smith and above
all a fashion designer.
Viswakarma has built cities like the golden city of
Lanka, Dwaraka, Indraprasta
and designed weapons like the Discuss of Lord Vishnu, Trident of Lord Shiva,
the lance of Karhikeya and also the famous weapons
like Agneyasthra. According to the legends Viswakarma's daughter Sanjana was
married to Surya, the Sun. As she was unable to endure the heat and the
brightness of Sun, Viswakarma placed the Sun on his
lathe and cut away the brightness by 1\8th. The fragments that fell on the
earth were used in making the above weapons.
Viswakarma infused his diverse creative power in to his first
generation offspring’s namely Manu, Maya, Thwasta, Shilpi and Viswagna to carry out
the continuous process of creation. They specialized in different forms of
craft; Manu in black smithy, Maya in carpentry, Thwasta
in non-ferrous metal casting, Shilpi in sculpture and
Viswagna in gold smithy. Satisfied with the
performance, Viswakarma made a Sarvamedha
Yaga (A universal sacrifice) in which he offered all
creature and ultimately himself too. This is a divine cyclic process of
destruction and renewal of all cosmic life and matter.
Viswakarma is the presiding deity of all craftsmen, who
observe September 17th as the Viswakarma day and
subsequent generations of offsprings followed the
profession of their sires and thus five subcasts (Gothras) came in existance The deliberate attempt of ancestors to retain the
technological excellence, wealth and assets with in the same gothra resulted in prohibiting inter-gothra
marriage. This custom is still continued, even though none of the gothra do have the monopoly of any
craft at present.
Viswakarma's settled in metros and other cities are
few in numbers and find it very difficult to get alliance from the same gothras. Under the circumstances, it is imperative to
encourage inter-gothra marriages. This will
strengthen our community and create a sense of oneness among the different gothras of the Viswakarma