Vishwakarma – The Vedic History
Vishwakarma is known as the Divine Engineer of the Universe and is the god of the inventive power that holds the entire universe. He is also considered as the original creator, the architect of the Universe. As mentioned in the Rig Veda, he is also known as the divine carpenter.
The name Vishvakarman appears five times in the tenth book of the Rigveda. The two hymns of the Rigveda have distinguished Vishvakarman as all-seeing, having eyes, faces, arms, and feet on each side and furthermore, he had wings. Brahma, the later divine force of creation, who is four-confronted and four-armed looks like him in these ideologies. He is known in similar to the wellspring of all success, as quick as thought and titled a diviner, minister, master of discourse.
In the later Puranas, he is identified as Vedic Tvastar. Silpi Vishwakarma is the designer and creator of all the flying chariots of the divine beings, their weapons. Vishwakarma/Tvastar is additionally credited with making the rockets utilized in the legendary time, including the Vajra, the hallowed weapon of Lord Indra, from the bones of sage Dadhichi. He was viewed as the incomparable laborer, the specific embodiment of perfection and quality in craftsmanship.
His architectural wonders include Jagannath Temple in Puri, Lanka City, Dwaraka, etc. In all the four Yugas, he had constructed many towns and royal residences for divine beings. Few among them are Svarga in the Satya Yuga, Lanka in the Treta Yuga, Dwarka in the Dwapara Yuga, Jagannath Temple in Puri, The Golden Lanka City, etc.
According to Ramayana, ‘Swarnalanka’ or Golden Lanka was led by Ravana in Treeta yuga. This is the city where Ravana held Sita as a prisoner. It is said that when Lord Shiva married Parvati, he asked Viswakarma to construct a wonderful royal residence for them to live in. Vishwakarma fabricated a royal residence made of gold. For the housewarming ceremony, Shiva invited the Pulastya muni(The Grandfather of Kubera and furthermore Ravana) to perform the ritual of “Grihapravesh”. After the sacred rituals when Shiva asked Pulastya muni to ask for anything as “Dakshina”, Pulastya, overwhelmed with the excellence and greatness of the royal residence, asked Shiva for the brilliant royal residence itself. Shiva was obliged to acquiesce to Pulastya’s desire, and the golden Lanka turned into his grandson Kubera’s royal residence. The city of gold is said to have fallen into Ravana’s hands when he toppled his relative Kubera.
Viswakarma was expected to build Dwarka overnight. During the time of Mahabharata, Lord Krishna lived in Dwarka, and made it his “Karma Bhumi”. This land is now situated in Gujarat and has turned into an outstanding pilgrimage destination journey for the Hindus.