Vishwakarma Puja, one of the Hindu ceremonies, is the celebration of the god Vishwakarma, the divine architect in Hindu religion. It is believed that he is also the creator of the world and also created the holy city of Dwarka for Lord Krishna in the epic Mahabharat.
The Festival is mainly celebrated in Bengal, Orissa and Tripura. However, this colourful and musical festival has also made its way to Bhutan.
The Vishwakarma puja is sacred to the Hindu community in Bhutan. On September 17th, every year, vehicles are washed and adorned for the event. The towns are usually full of a myriad of colours from the decorations of the vehicles.
On this day, the construction sites, workshops and other places are usually prepping the place and adorning it with colourful scarves and a small altar inside dedicated to god Vishwakarma. The artisans, craftspeople, mechanics, smiths, welders, industrial workers and others flock to these places to celebrate amidst the music, and receive the blessings of the god.
Usually, these places are seen to be blaring the music late into the night and celebrating the day to the fullest, with dances and distribution of food to the people who come to be a part of this celebration.
However, this year, due to the COVID-19, this lively celebration has become a sad affair. Some places are seen to be prepping the place and playing some music, but the pandemic has indeed turned this energetic and dynamic festival into a quiet, indoor affair.