An artisan busy prepares Lord Vishwakarma at workshop ahead of Vishwakarma Puja at Teliamura on Monday (11th September, 2023).
Vishwakarma Puja is celebrated on the last day of Bengali Bhadra month. It is also referred as Bhadra Sankranti or Kanya Sankranti. Vishwakarma Puja is the most important and auspicious day for artisans.
Vishwakarma Puja is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Vishwakarma who is known to be the divine architect. Lord Vishwakarma is the creator of all the palaces of Hindu Gods and Goddesses along with their weapons and vehicles. The festival of Vishwakarma Puja is celebrated as the birth anniversary of Lord Vishwakarma every year. This year the auspicious day of Lord Vishwakarma Puja falls on the September 18, 2023 which is Monday.
After few days Lord Vishwakarma Puja, deity is going to be worshiped in houses along with various office shops including wood industry, vehicles, mechanical engineering. In addition to the busy of the puja organizers, the busyness is going on in Idol workshop. The idol making work is going on in full swing. Artists are working day and night. So that the puja can reach the house of the organizers on time. One of the idol makers in Shibbari, Teliamura idol artist. Most of the idols of the towns and villages are said to have been taken from this place. We talked to a prominent artist there. He is the well-known idol artist Naresh Chandra Paul of Teliamura. He told us that he has been working in this workshop for about forty years. He said that during the corona period, the puja is much less.
This year, however, the number of organizers has increased. He said that he is not able to see the face of profit as before, now while saying the reason, he said that due to the increase in the market price, the correct price is not available compared to the cost. Also, the main materials for making idols have to be bought at exorbitant prices. Apart from this, the price of home and decorative items has increased, so there is not much profit now. He also said that the new generation does not want to do this work like before. The number of workers is gradually decreasing. But artist Naresh Chandra Paul says that I will continue to try to sustain this workshop as long as I can. In the future, he urged the next generation to keep this workshop alive.