Ayudha Pooja is an important Hindu festival that is traditionally celebrated in India. This day is also called “Astra Puja”, which means “Worship of Instruments”. In 2022, the day was celebrated on 4th October (Tuesday). It is a part of the Navratri festival which is traditionally celebrated in India. The celebration of this day mainly focused on one’s profession and its related tools. On this auspicious occasion, people worship goddesses Sakthi, Saraswati, Lakshmi, and Parvathi with various equipment. On this day, soldiers worship weapons and artisans worship with their tools to perform well and for getting rewards for their work.
HAPPY AYUDHA POOJA
Ayudha Pooja is Celebrated in Different parts of India under Different names.
It is celebrated in Tamil Nadu as Ayudha Pujai (Tamil: ஆயுத பூஜை)
It is celebrated in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh as Aayudha Pooja (Telugu: ఆయుధ పూజ)
It is celebrated in Kerala as Ayudha Puja (Malayalam: ആയുധ പൂജ)
It is celebrated in Odisha as Astra Puja (Odia: ଅସ୍ତ୍ର ପୂଜା) or “Ayudha Puja”
It is celebrated in Marathi as Shastra Puja (Marathi: आयुध पूजा/ खंडे नवमी)
It is celebrated in Maharashtra as Ayudha Puja/ Khande Navami”
It is celebrated in Karnataka as “Ayudha Puje” (Kannada: ಆಯುಧ ಪೂಜೆ).
The Ayudha Pooja festival falls on the 9th day or Navami. The bright half of Moon’s cycle of 15 days in the month of October, and is popularly a part of the Dasara, Navaratri, Durga Puja, or Golu festival.
On the ninth day of the Dasara festival, weapons and tools are worshipped.
In Karnataka state, the function is for the killing of the demon king Mahishasura by goddess Chamundeshwari. After the slaying of the demon lord, the weapons that were used are kept out for devotions.
While Navaratri celebration is witnessed all over the country but in SouthIndian states, where it is widely observed as Ayudha Pooja.
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