Ayudha Pooja

“Ayudha Pooja” also known as “Astra Pooja” is celebrated on the 9th day of Navratri. Mythologically, after killing the legendary demon “Mahishasura”, Goddess Durga’s weapons were laid out and worshipped. Also, Warlord Arjuna took back his weapons after the “Agnatavaasa (Life of disguise)” to defeat the Kurusena.

“Ayudha Pooja” also known as “Astra Pooja” is celebrated on the 9th day of Navratri. Mythologically, after killing the legendary demon “Mahishasura”, Goddess Durga’s weapons were laid out and worshipped. Also, Warlord Arjuna took back his weapons after the “Agnatavaasa (Life of disguise)” to defeat the Kurusena.
In modern times, Ayudha Pooja has become a day of Worshipping of tools and Vehicles. All the tools and vehicles are worshipped, from the weapons used by soldiers to children’s pen and pencil. It is an expression symbolizing the eternal philosophy that one’s work is worship. On this day, Devotee invokes Almighty to bless and be a part of their implements and help them throughout their profession.

Pooja Procedure:
1. Ganapathi Pooja
2. Punyahavachana and Sankalpa
3. Ritwick Varanam
4. Kalasha Pooje
5. Yantra Aaradhana
6. Mahalakshmi Pooje
7. Mahasaraswati Pooje
8. Durga Pooje
9. Kubera Pooje
10. Ayudha Pooja
11. Mahamangalarati
12. Aashiwada

Pooja Materials:
Haridra (Turmeric) powder, Kumkum powder, Sri Gandha (Sandal Wood powder) , Banana leaf, Mango Leave, Beetel leaves, Brass Vessels (3), Coconut, Incense sticks , Karpura (camphor), Banana Stems, Cotton sticks, Adike (supari), Rangoli, Deepam, Deepam Oil, Incense Sticks, Match Box, Fruits (5 types of fruits), Flowers (5 types of Flowers), Idols of Ganapathi and Mahalakshmi (White-metal/Silver)

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