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Vishwakarmaa or Maya Daanav
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Vishwakarmaa is the Divine architect. He is the son of Brahmaa. Some say that he is the son of Prabhaas Vasu and Brihaspati's daughter Varastree - read Marriage and Children under Brihaspati.
He is the official architect of Devtaa's palaces; Divine cities, such as Lankaa, Dwaaarakaa etc; many kinds of Astra (Divine weapons) such as Vishnu's CHakra, Agni Dev's Aagneya Astra etc. He is also called Twashtraa. He was the Prajaapati in Swaayambhuv Manvantar. His birthday falls on Maagh Shukla Dwaadashee (12).
Vishwakarmaa had a daughter named Sanjanaa or Sangyaa whose name is mentioned in relation to Soorya that he married her to Soorya.
His another daughter is mentioned in Bhaagvat Puraan, 5/1, named Barhishmatee whom he married to Priyavrat (Manu's son). She gave birth to 10 sons and a daughter named Oorjswatee. The same Oorjswatee was married to Shukraachaarya Jee.
Creations of Vishwakarmaa
Thus Vishwakarmaa is the original creator of all arts, of a thousand handicrafts, and industries and carpenter of the gods.
As the legend goes on, his daughter Sanjanaa was married to Soorya. But she was unable to endure the heat and light of the Sun so Vishwakarmaa placed Soorya on his lathe and cut away the one eighth part of his brightness. The fragments that fell on the Earth because of this operation were used by him to build the Sudarshan disc of Vishnu, trident of Bhagavaan Shiv, weapons of Kuber, the lance of Kaarttikeya (the god of war) and the weapons of all other Devtaa.
Because of Vishwakarmaa's blessings only, Nal could build the bridge over the sea for Raam. Nal was Vishwakarmaa's son. The architects perform the worship of Vishwakarmaa when the Sun enters Bhaadrapad constellation.
According to Shatpath Braahman, Vishwakarmaa performed a Sarvmedh Yagya (a Universal sacrifice), in which he sacrificed all creatures and ultimately himself too. So by this the Universe ended and needed to be created another one.
As Indra cannot defy the boon of Brahmaa Jee, he baited his Hemaa Apsaraa, to make Maya Daanav to woo her. Accordingly, the demon Maya Daanav brought the nymphal-virtuoso Hemaa to this cavernous paradisiacal mansion and was subjected to elimination by Indra. After the elimination of this Wonder Architect Maya Daanav, Hemaa departed to Brahmaa's abode, bequeathing this mansion to Swayamprabhaa. From then on Hemaa resided in Brahm Lok (Brahmaa's abode). Read this story in V-Raamaayan, 4/21/51.
Sage Bharadwaaj offered his hospitality to Bharat, that sage invited her
(Hemaa) from Brahmaa's place.
So according to this statement Maya Daanav was Vishwakarmaa. And Indra killed him because he was not happy with him because of the Var of Brahmaa Jee.
Created by Sushma Gupta On 5/27/04
Modified on 06/02/13