Vishwakarma God of Architecture
Vishwakarma, god of architecture and engineering according to Hinduism was one of the very early manifestations to appear of the supreme God, Prarbrahman.
True to his name, which translates to English as “All-accomplishing maker of all” he is thought to have been the architect that designed the universe.
As written in the Mahabharata:
The lord of the arts, executor of a thousand handicrafts, the carpenter of the gods, the most eminent of artisans, the fashioner of all ornaments … and a great and immortal god.
Origin Of Vishwakarma
The term ‘Vishwakarma’ first appeared as a combination of the powers of Indra, Surya and Agni – the king of gods, the sun god and the fire god. And in the early Vedic period, it was believed that Vishwakarma, and not Brahma, had created the universe. At this time, he was thought of as an invisible force.
In the later vedic period, this belief shifted into him having an invisible side, who was the creator and name giver of all other gods, and a visible side, Tvashtar, who created the heavens, the earth and the universe.
More recently, through the Upanishads and the Puranas, Brahma became known as creator of the universe and Vishwakarma became known as the architect and engineer of it, designing and building the devas’ palaces, and many of the ancient great cities on Earth.
What Does Vishwakarma Look Like?
Vishwakarma is usually shown sat on a lotus or on a throne. Depending on the artist, he may be shown as an elderly male with full beard and facial hair or a younger male.
He may also be shown as having one head or as having five heads. And also either four arms or eight arms, again depending on the artist.
As Vishwakarma was one of the very earliest deities of Hinduism, and for much of the time he was prominent, he was thought to be an invisible force, there is no standard or common way or portraying him in images.