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Vishwakarma ("VISH-wah-kur-MAH") is the Hindu god of architecture.


Vishwakarma is believed to be the original engineer who taught humans how to build long-lasting monuments. Some of his greatest hits include Lanka, the city of gold, and the city of Dwarka.[1]

When Shiva married Parvati, he asked Viswakarma to build a beautiful palace for them to reside. So Vishwakarma built a palace made of gold. For the housewarming ceremony, Shiva invited the sage, Pulastya, to perform a Graha Pravesh ceremony. After the sacred ceremony, Shiva asked Pulastya to ask anything in return as Dakshina, or a donation. Pulastya asked Shiva for the golden palace itself as he was overwhelmed with its beauty and grandeur. Shiva was obliged to accede to Pulastya's wish, which Lanka became the palace of his grandson, Kubera, who was later overthrown by his half-brother, Ravana.[2]

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Vishwakarma wears a charcoal-gray suit. He has four heads and each one sports a neat white beard, black hair with silver stripes at the temples, and rimless half-moon glasses. He also has four arms and his skin resembles bronze.


  • His vahana (divine vehicle) is a goose, a pure-white one was seen in his office.[3]


  1. Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes, Glossary
  3. Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes, Ch. 13
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