Vishvakarma

Hindu - A creator-god and god of artisans. An aspect of Brahma, Indra or Prajapani. Son of Bhuvana and Yogasiddha. Father of Sanjna. The brilliance of Surya the sun-god was too overpowering for his wife, Sanjna, so her father shaved away some of his power on a lathe. He used the shavings to make Visnu's discus, Shiva's trident, and, some say, the elephant Airavata. He is said to have established the art and science of architecture, built chariots for the gods, a hall for Yudhishthira, and the city of Chandrapura and created the monkey-king, Nala. He is also credited with the creation of Jagannath when he attempted to put new flesh on the bones of the dead Vishnu and was interrupted by Krishna so that the job was never completed, leaving the deformed version. In some versions, this is a later name for Tvashtri. Others say he was Tvashtri's son-in-law. On occassion, identified as Vishvakarma, Airavata, Airavata, Airabata, Airavana, elephant, Brahma, Brahma, Brahman, Vaivarta, Abjaja, Abjayoni, Absolute, Ananta, Astakarna, Brahman, Dhatar, Dhatri, Grandfather, hamsa, Hiranyagarbha, Ishvara, Kala, Kamalasana, Mahadeva, Narayana, Padma-Nabha, Pitamaha, Prajapati, Purusha, Svayambhu(va), Varaha, Buddhist Janardana, Vairocana, Cambodian Prah Phrom, Japanese Bon-Ten-O, Dainichi, Thai Phrom, Indra, Indra, Aptya, Bhatara Guru, Divaspati, Gadhi, Is(h)vara, Is(h)wara), Mahendra, Meghavahana, Purandara, Sa-yoni, Sakka, Samraj, Sarasraksha, Sayoni, Shachipati, Shakra, Svargapati, Trita, Vajrapani, Vajri, Vasava, Vritrahan, Vrtraghna, Buddhist Amoghasiddhi, SakraBurmese Hkun-sa-ya, Cambodian Prah En, Chinese Ti-shih, Wei-t'o, Yin-to-lo, Greek Zeus, Japanese Shaka, TaishakuPersian Verethragna, Tamil Venda, Pajanya, Trita Aptya, Vishvakarman, Vishvakarman, Visvakarma, Visvakarma, Tvashtri, Visvakarman, Visvakarman, Viswakarma, Viswakarma, Takshaka, Takshaka, Taksaka, Vis(h)vakarman or Vis(h)vakarman.

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