When is Ayudha Puja 2014 Date – Well, Ayudha Pooja in 2014 will be celebrated on Thursday, 2nd of October.
Ayudha Puja, also known as the ‘Astra Puja’ is an essential part of Dusshera, the 10 days long festival of victory. Ayudha Puja is the festival of weapons as indicated by the word ‘Ayudha’ which means weapon in Sanskrit. It is celebrated on the 9th day of Dusshera mainly in the states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Tamil Nadu in India. This festival also includes worshiping the implements which are used to earn living; so that one may be successful in his endeavors. Saraswati Puja is also performed with Ayudha Puja in some parts of India. In North India though Saraswati Puja is celebrated in the month of January/February.
Legend of Ayudha Puja
According to the Hindu epic Mahabharata, on the day of Vijayadashami, the 10th day of Dusshera, Arjun retrieved his divine weapons was hidden in a tree by him in order to lead a life of incognito for a particular period of exile. Therefore it is believed that the person who renovates or revamp their learning on this auspicious day will be crowned with success as Arjun was in the battle of Kurukshetra.
Celebrations and Rituals of Ayudha Puja
On this auspicious day, all implements whether weapons of soldiers or tools of artisans are revered. They are cleaned and polished first and then smeared with sandalwood paste and vermilion. On the eve of the festival the instruments are placed on an allotted platform and decked with flowers and garlands. Even weapons of war are decorated and placed in a line to be worshiped. All these implements are placed in front of the images of goddess Saraswati (goddess of learning), Laxmi (goddess of wealth) and Parvati (Divine mother of all creations) and worshipped with great devotion. It is held that when these implements receive divine blessings, they always secure success for the user.
Significance of Ayudha Pooja
Ayudha Puja has been celebrated in India since ancient times. The celebration of this festival is about understanding that work is no less than worship and accordingly one resolves to make good use of the resources for which he is endowed with the purpose of leading a respectable life.