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Vishvakarma is the Hindupresiding deity of all craftsmen and
architects. He is the "Principal Universal Architect," the
architect who fabricated and designed the divine architecture of
the Universe, the Lord of Creation.In the Mahabharata and
Harivamsa, he is a son of the Vasu Prabhasa and Yoga-siddha. The
Mahabharata describes him as "The Lord of the Arts, Executor of a
thousand Handicrafts, the Carpenter of the Gods, the most eminent
of Artisans, the Fashioner of all ornaments and a great and
immortal God" He has four hands, wears a crown, loads of gold
jewellery, and holds a water-pot, a book, a noose, and craftsman's
tools in his hands. In the Puranas a son of Vastu, and the father
of Barhishmati and Samjna. The Ramayana represents him as having
built the island of Lanka for the Rakshasas, and as having
generated the ape Nala, who made Rama's bridge from the continent
to the island; the name Vishva-karman, meaning, doing all acts,"
appears to be sometimes applicable as an epithet to any great
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