Lord Vishwakarma is a deity who is seldom remembered by the general Hindu community. Vishwakarma is known as the Lord of arts, architecture,crafts and creation in general. He is known as the son of Lord Brahma in some puranas, while others refer to him as a supreme independent deity.
Lord Vishwakarma is said to be responsible for all the miraculous creations of this universe. Raavana's Lanka is said to be designed and created by Viswakarma. Viswakarma is also attributed to having built Dwaraka and Lord Krishna's palace in it. It is also believed that most of the divine weapons that various deities yield, have been created by Lord Viswakarma. The 'vajra ayudha' of Lord Indra is a famous example of one such weapon. Other examples include the MahaSudarshana chakra of Lord Vishnu, the trident of Lord Shiva and the 'vetri vel' of Lord Murugan.
Lord Viswakarma is described as having 5 heads and 4 hands. The following 5 prajapathis are said to have originated from the 5 heads of Lord Vishwakarma : Manu, Maya, Twosta, Silpy and Viswajna.
It is said that all architects and artists should pray to Lord Vishwakarma beofre they start any new projects or ventures. The following is a simple mantra of Lord Vishwakarma which can be chanted in such occasions.
Om shree shrishtinathaya sarvasidhhaya vishwakarmaya namo namah
Chant the above mantra 7 times before you start any new ventures.
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