Celebrated throughout the Indian Subcontinent, Ayudha Pooja is performed as gratitude for everlasting support of Goddess in the well-being of activities in professional or educational arenas. The “Ayudha” or tools used by an individual like motorbike, car, cycle, machines, instruments should be cleaned during Ayudha Puja and is worshiped considering a diving presence in those things. For an employee, it is a working tool and for a student, it is a book. Ayudha Puja is also known as “Astra Puja”. Ayudha puja is one of the parts of the Navaratri festival. This puja is performed on the ninth day of the Navaratri festival.
Religious Significance of Ayudha Pooja
Ayudha puja is one of the most significant countenances during Navaratri. Ayudha puja means, every instrument that you use, whether it is agriculture or industry or in any other sources you approach it respectfully. In Indian culture, we set up this countenance that whatever tool or instrument it may be, if you want to use your tool plow, firstly bow down to plow and then use it. If you want to use books, firstly bow down to the books and then use it.
The identical musical instruments befall dissimilar things in different people’s hands. In some person’s hands, it befalls noise, in another person’s hands, it befalls completely captivate music because of the way you approach it. Where you do not keep concentration, you will not get an advantage from it. So, anything that you use and you see it as something above yourself and bow down to it so that it bestows a deep sense of concentration. Once that concentration is there, you will hold it well and will get the best outcomes of it. You will know the joy and happiness of doing things, not just of attaining things.
When Ayudha Pooja Can be Performed
Ayudha puja is one of the parts of the Navaratri festival in India. This puja is performed on the ninth day of the Navaratri festival Moons lighting up 15 days cycle which more frequently falls from the September to October. The day of Ayudha puja is a ‘love of devices’. Appropriate from the weapons or tools or instruments are utilized by handymen, mechanics, craftsman, welder, kids actualizes like pencils, pens and books equipment worship is performed on this day. This Ayudha puja can be performed in shops, homes and offices.
Advantages of Performing the Ayudha Pooja
- Performing this puja is believed to bring success in career and vocational areas.
- Stable development in acquiring knowledge and effective application of it comes along for all students who pay their token of gratitude to the 'Goddess of education Saraswathi’ on this auspicious day.
- Gains income involvement in anything one does and could make the best in that field.
Ayudha Pooja FAQ's
What is Ayudha Puja?
During the Navaratri festival, Ayudha puja is one of the parts. Ayudha Puja is also called as Astra Puja. Generally, Ayudha puja means the worshiping of instruments. After Defeating the evil king, all the weapons kept out for worship.
Why do we celebrate Ayudha puja?
During the Dussehra festival, on a ninth day, we can celebrate Ayudha puja. On that day, all weapons and tools are recited with mantras for good performance and also to get the blessings of Durga Mata.
Is Ayudha puja and Saraswathi puja same?
Ayudha puja and Saraswathi puja are observed on the same day in Tamilnadu and Kerala. On the tenth day of Navaratri, Saraswathi puja can be performed. The Ayudha Puja is for weapons, tools and the Saraswathi puja is for knowledge. Both the pujas have their own significance.
How is Ayudha puja performed?
On the Navami day morning, time Ayudha puja performed. All the weapons and tools are cleaned and decorated with flowers, turmeric powder, and kumkum. Then all the weapons and tools are placed in one line to the wall. All the weapons, tools are recited along with the photos of goddess Lakshmi, Saraswathi, and Durga.
Ayudha puja is one of the most significant pujas, during Navaratri. Ayudha puja means, every instrument that you use, whether it is agriculture or industry or in any other sources you approach it respectfully. In Indian culture, we set up this countenance that whatever tool or instrument it may be a plow or book, if you want to use your tool plow, firstly bow down to them and then use it.
Sankalpam( The Testimony of The Vedic Vidhi)
The word Sankalpam indicates the Vedic astrology of Panchang, place, time, day, Tithi, Nakshatra, Yogam, and Karanam. These are recited to the three trinities of Bhrama, Vishnu, and Shiva. The Vedic Vidhi recites for the current Vedic year and the Vedic name of the subcontinent and other significant elements. At the end of the Sankalpa needs family members Name, Gotra, Zodiac sign, Birth star to recite as a part of the puja and to get the blessings from the Lord Maha Ganapati, Navagrahas, family deity (kula devata), Grama devata and Ishta devata (favourite god one’s choice). So the first procedure is to invoke blessings from the deity.
The Ganapati puja is considered as an auspicious for all the ceremonies while starting the puja. By doing Ganapathi puja, will get free from obstacles, hurdles in life. It acquires materialistic, spirituality in life.
16 common offerings to the Deity during worship
Dhyana – Meditating
Aavaahana – Inviting the deity into the altar.
Asana – Giving a seat to the deity
Paadya – Washing the deity’s feet with pure water.
Arghya – to wash hands and mouth.
Aachamana – Offering drinking water to the Deity.
Snaana – Bath the deity idol with turmeric water, milk, curd, sugar, water.
Vasthra – Offering Clothes to the deity
Yagnopaveetha – Offering the thread to wear from his right shoulder
Gandha – apply sandalwood paste(mixed with water) on the forehead and shoulders to the deity
Pushpa – Offering fresh flowers while chanting the deity’s names.
Dhoop – Spreading fragrance to the altar.
Deepa –offering a Diya to illuminate the surrounding decorated deity.
Naivedya – offering food to the deity.
Taambula – Offering betel nut and leaves with fruits.
Harathi - offering Harathi by lighting camphor
The word of Punya Vachanam gives clarity of the clean ritual by invoking the blessings from the Lord Varuna (the lord of water) along with sacred rivers of the country namely Ganga, Yamuna, Saraswati, Narmada, Sindhu, and Cavery. The tirtha mantras are recited where the Punya Vachanam is performed, and their all the five elements are,
Jal - water
Vayu - air
Prithvi - earth
Agni - fire
Akasha - sky or space
By the chanting of Vedic mantras related to Lord Varuna, the place will be purified, where the positive energy is being retained in the pot and Punyavachana can be performed.
Navagrahas are nine planets, and each planet governs a specific element (five elements) in the life cycle, so the certain specified planetary combinations in the horoscope give both malefic effects and good effects.
The beneficial effects are taken into consideration of the particular planet individually and also in their combination. Generally to rectify or to neutralize the evil effect of the planets Navagraha puja can be performed along with Navagraha mantras.
To remove the malefic effects of the planets this Navagraha puja can be performed. During this puja one will get blessings from Adidevata (subordinate lord of the planet), ‘Prathana Devata’ (main deity of the planet).
The Kalasa puja can be done with the help of a copper vessel. Place the Kalasa, fill it with water, a coin and nine types of grains. In red cloth, one can tie the coconut. Then, coconut is placed on the top of Kalasa with mango leaves. By doing this procedure Kalasa puja can be finished.
Navarathri puja is performed according, to the Hindu lunar month of Ashvina or Ashvin and it generally falls September - October. The Navaratri means nine nights of the period, is considered to be an auspicious day. The goddesses Durga, Lakshmi, Saraswati are the worshipers during the Navaratri.
Durga - Goddess is the symbol of courage and strength.
Lakshmi - Goddess is the symbol of wealth and luxury.
Saraswati - Goddess is the symbol of education and Vedic knowledge.
The first three days Goddess Parvathi Devi is worshiped, next three days puja for goddess Lakshmi, and another three days for Goddess Saraswati.
Purohit does puja to the Deity with Ashotathara(108) names of particular God or Goddess. Before performing Ashtotaram he does Archana with Tithi, devotee name, birth star, Gothram, and also with family member names for the welfare of the entire family. Purohit offers coconut, incense stick, Banana, Flower to God and Goddess to get blessings.
After performing the puja, Purohit offers Naivedya to God and completes the Shodashopachara Puja.
The Naivedyam which is offered to God is called as Prasadam and is distributed to the devotees. In Hindu, culture Prasadam has given more importance, as it flourishes the life with full of prosperity and well being. People who are unable to go temple can also have prasadam to get the benefits of puja.
Maha Mangal Aarti
The Astavedha Seva has done along with the Vedic chants. The camphor aarti, flowers, and Akshatha will be offered.
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