So What Did Vishwakarma Build?
Throughout the four yugas (or ages) of Hinduism, Vishwakarma is thought to have played a prominent role in architecture.
He designed and built Svarga Loka, the level of heaven where the Devas are believed to live and where good souls await reincarnation.
‘Sone Ki’ Lanka
In terms of cities, one of the best known is Lanka, or Sone Ki Lanka. Vishwakarma actually built it for Lord Shiva and Parvati to mark their wedding. Ravana, who would go on to become the demon king in the Ramayana, was invited to a housewarming ceremony and performed one of the important rituals.
As a thank you, Shiva told Ravana to ask for anything he wanted and overwhelmed with the beauty of the surroundings, asked for the palace itself and Lord Shiva happily obliged.
He also built Dwarka for Lord Krishna and this city would go on to become the foundation for Krishna’s own kingdom.
Hastinapur and Indraprastha
He also built the cities of Hastinapur for the Kauravs. He also built Indraprastha for the Pandavs, and made the floors and ponds so smooth that it was hard for anyone to tell them apart.
When Duryodhan from the Kauravs visited the Pandavs’ palace, he was confused by this and slipped in a pond. The Pandavs’ wife Draupadi saw this, and laughed. She commented that “a blind man’s son is also blind,” referring to the fact that Duryodhan’s father Dhritrashtra was also blind.
Duryodhan was furious with this and would later take revenge, and this one seemingly small incident would become a major cause in the epic great war between the two sides, the Mahabharata.