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Innumerable kites of varying shapes and sizes and colours floated in the blue skies while workers prayed for safe working conditions as Vishwakarma puja was celebrated across West Bengal on Sunday. Lord Vishwakarma - the divine architect in the Hindu pantheon - was worshipped by artisans, craftsmen, mechanics, welders, masons, industrial and factory workers and workers from all other fields to ensure smooth functioning of machine parts and their tools.
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Puja was organised in almost every area of the state including bus termini, cycle-rickshaw and auto-rickshaw stands. Vehicles were decked up with garlands and streamers while engineers kept away from their gadgets and other devices as a mark of obeisance to the god. Factories and warehouses remained shut and labourers enjoyed devotional songs and special feasts.
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Idols and photographs were installed at workplaces including factories and automobile shops. Miniature idols adorned the interiors of cabs and buses.
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The day was celebrated by youths and teenagers by flying colourful kites. Kite flying competitions were also held among various localities.