Vishwakarma- the Divine Draftsman
Vishwakarma- The Divine Draftsman
Ancient Hindu texts has many references to Vishwakarma as the architect of the Gods. Images of the the God Vishwakarma represent him with four hands, wearing a crown and gold jewelry....... he holds a water-pot, a book, a noose and craftsman's tools in his hands.
Hindu mythology is full of Vishwakarma's many architectural wonders. It is said that in the "Satya yuga", the God Viswakarma built the Swarg Loka, or heaven the abode of the Gods and Demigods. He is also creditied to have built the Golden Lanka for Ravana, Dwarka, the capital of Lord Krishna, Hastinapur, the capital of Kauravas and Pandavas and Indraprastha for the Pandavas.
The Ellora caves pays tribute to Vishwakarma by the construction of a separate cave cut out of solid rock. The cave is filled with intricate carvings and sculptures..... truly the work of craftsmen with superior skills.
The community of Vishwakarma today are artisans like carpenters, blacksmiths, bell metalworkers, goldsmiths and stonemasons. The community believe that they are descendants of Vishwakarma, the Hindu deity.
Every year in the month September the community celebrate the Vishwakarma Puja — a resolution time for workers and craftsmen to increase productivity and gain divine inspiration for creating novel products.
This video brings into focus one goldsmith whose family has practiced the traditional way of making jewelry for over 150 years.
Ramu Acharya is 60 years old and works out of his small workshop in the narrow streets of Chennai. He has employed two crafts men for training and help.
In this workshop jewelry is created as per ancient rules......... slowly, but to perfection.
In this emerging market of machine made jewelry we lose track of the finish and uniqueness of hand crafted jewelry made with skill and faith.
May be next time you decide to get a bangle or necklaces you will consider putting your faith in the hands of a traditional Acharya.