Ayudha Pooja is celebrated in the South region of India on Dussehra or the tenth day of Navratri. People show gratitude to their instruments, and they worship them on this day. According to the mythology, when Goddess Durga killed the demon Mahishasura, their weaponry was worshipped by the devas, and since that day, the ritual is followed, majorly in South India.
On this day, one worships the tools related to his profession. Such as a writer worships his pen, a soldier his gun, a doctor worships his stet hoscope, a goldsmith his pliers, and so on. This gives the tools the divine blessings of Goddess Durga, and hence the person makes growth in the professional front and cultivates happiness in his family.
This time the Puja will take place on Sunday, 25 October 2020.
Observing fast on Ayutha Puja day
Observing fast on the day works even more beneficial for the individuals. Those who don’t have any ailments and can easily observe a fast should do so. This makes them even more successful in their profession and strengthens their financial position.
Observing fast on the day is similar to Navratri. Devotees should take care to wear yellow color clothes. Recite Devi Mahatmayam and chant Durga Chalisa to seek blessings of the Goddess.
- Only consume fruits and fasting foods on the day.
- Avoid consuming alcohol or any such food and drink that is not allowed during fasting. Keep your thoughts clear, and do not use harsh words to anyone.
- Refrain from sexual activities, and use the electronic device only when in need.
Om Sri DurgayahNamaha (For Goddess Durga)
Om Sri SuryaayaNamaha (For the Sun)
Different rituals followed on the day
People worship the tenth day of Navratri in different ways all over India. One such way is Ayutha Puja, which is most common in South India.
There are other ways too in which Dussehra or the tenth day is celebrated.
Rajasthan, for instance, the Rajput community in Rajasthan, believes in making a sacrifice to seek the blessings of the Goddess. They sacrifice a goat or a buffalo during this event to invite Mother’s sanctification.
Similarly, people in West Bengal and Assam and the temples they sacrifice goats, chickens, and buffalos since it is considered sacred.
People also sow barley during this event or the season of Navratri. Barley signifies prosperity, abundance, and growth, and hence sowing the grain is considered a good omen. There is another belief regarding sowing the barley; people estimate the amount of prosperity their family will get through the shoots’ length and quality.
Other than worshipping the tools that one uses in his profession, people also worship the utilities of their home and the appliances they newly buy. This practice is more common in several parts of North India. They apply Roli to things and make Swastik, which is considered auspicious in Hinduism.
This year too, the Puja will be celebrated in different temples in India. Worship the utilities in your home, invoke Goddess Durga, and observe fast; Goddess Durga will clear all the obstructions from your path and provide you mental clarity. May this year’s Navratri brings happiness, prosperity, and health to your family.