Ayudha-puja is a Hindu festival of worshiping tools. It is celebrated as a public holiday in September-October in several regions in southern India (Karnataka, Pondicherry and Tamil Nadu). Unique events are held that are important for every resident of India.
The holiday is part of the Navratri festival, as it takes place every year on its ninth day and lasts about ten days. At this time, the weapons and tools that a person uses are sung. India is famous not only for its thousand-year history, but also for its many colorful festivals. They take place throughout the country and unite people to honor and glorify their gods and goddesses, as well as praise their great deeds.
- In the traditions of Dashara and Durga Puja, the climax is the victory over evil in the final battle. Therefore, the weapon must be clean and ready for battle.
- In ancient India, battles usually took place at the end of the monsoon period, as this made it easier to wage war.
- The main goddesses that people worship at the festival are Saraswati, Lakshmi and Parvati.
How to celebrate
People express gratitude for the tools they use in their daily lives. Previously, it was weapons and craft tools. With modern life, the list has expanded to include cars, computers, books, kitchen utensils, and more.
During the festival period, everyone wash and clean their tools and vehicles before performing Puja worship. Shopkeepers tidy up their premises, students and scientists tidy up their books, programmers tidy up their computers, musicians tidy up their musical instruments, soldiers tidy up their weapons. The meaning of the ritual is to see the divine in simple everyday things. In Karnataka, the holiday is dedicated to the victory over the demon by the goddess Mahishasura Durga. After his assassination, the weapons of the goddess were kept for further worship.
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