Staff Reporter GUWAHATI, Sept 17 - Lord Biswakarma, the deity of architecture and engineering, would be revered throughout the State on the occasion of Biswakarma Puja tomorrow. Preparations are on in full swing in the State to celebrate the festival that signifies man-machine bonding.
Idols on sale on the eve of Biswakarma Puja in Guwahati on Tuesday. – UB Photos
Biswakarma Puja is celebrated with great fanfare in Assam with a lot of community celebrations organised on almost every street and in most of the institutions. As machine and engineering is a part of the lives of every individual, the occasion is celebrated by people belonging to different faiths and ethnicities.
Moreover, the festival heralds the coming season of celebrations that include Durga Puja, Diwali, Christmas, New Year and extends up to Bhogali Bihu in the following year.
Considered as the biggest celebration for any factory, office or other installations that largely depend on the use of machinery, Biswakarma Puja usually falls on September 17. But this time, due to a variation in the tithi as per the Vedic rules, the puja would be celebrated on September 18.
Most of the factories and offices give a day of rest to their machinery on the day after thoroughly cleaning and worshipping them. Other than the puja rituals, community feasts are held on the occasion.
Like every year, this year too, Guwahati is all set to celebrate the Biswakarma Puja in a befitting manner. The city has donned a bridal look with twinkling lights. City high-rises have been decorated with sparkling lights, illuminating the skyline.
Several big and small pandals being erected in almost every area of the city have added to the festive spirit. On the eve of Biswakarma Puja, the clay idols of the deity were brought to the pandals to start the puja rituals early in the morning.
Like every year, the Assam Tribune Buildings premises is one of the main attractions of Guwahati’s Biswakarma Puja. Decorated puja pandal is ready to host the festival tomorrow. The 72nd edition of Assam Tribune Biswakarma Puja would be started at 8 am tomorrow followed by pushpanjali at 11.30 am and khichiri distribution from 12 noon to 3 pm.
In the evening, Champak Barbara, the artiste and cartoonist of the Assam Tribune Group, would inaugurate the Nagara Naam programme. This year, Hemanta Kalita of Nalbari and Harakanta Kalita of Kamrup are presenting the Nagara Naam.