Ayudha Pooja on Navarathri

People all over India worship their books,tools and vehicles on nineth day of navarthri. Ayudha pooja is worship of tools or whatever implements one may use in one’s livelihood.The importance of Ayudha Puja on this occasion may also be due to the fact that on the Vijayadasami day, Arjuna took back his weapons which he had hidden in a Vani tree in order to lead a life in disguise for the promised period of exile.
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On this auspicious day, students offer their books to the Goddess Saraswati    who is known to bestow knowledge and wisdom to all of her worshippers.It is popular belief that students are forbidden to read on that day; the next day which is Vijaya Dashami is when they should re-open their text books and read thereby invoking the blessings of the Goddess of learning.To all the workers the worship of their tools is a must on this day.All the tools ,machines etc are cleaned ,painted and well polished after which they are smeared with sandalwood paste and vermilion with great care.

The day prior to ayudha pooja people decorate their house with floral and keep vehicles and tools clean for next day pooja. On ayudha pooja, people all over India worship their tools,vehicles and students offer their books to temple for pooja. During this time, in various parts of India, the ‘Ram-Leela’ is performed. Ram-Leela is a stage inaction of Ramayana, the story of Lord Rama.

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Onam-Festival of Malayalee

Women draped in cream-coloured sarees with golden borders, instead of jeans and kurtas. Neatly drawn kolams and bright, floral carpets. Plantain leaves and 13 special dishes. Folks, Thiruvonam — the festival passionately celebrated by Malayalis wherever they are — is here.

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Onam is essentially a harvest festival, a token of prosperity. Women sing the melodious onapattu and perform the dance thiruvathira in traditional sarees. Children gather flowers to make carpets. Men indulge in various art forms like pulikali and kaduvakali, while women engage in kummattikali and thumbikali. Vallamkali, or boat race, is the most popular game. There is no better sight than the synchronized movement of rows and splashing water.

As the story goes, King Mahabali ruled a Utopian kingdom that even gods were jealous of. Vishnu, in the guise of Brahmin boy Vamana, came down to earth and asked Mahabali for three feet of land. When the generous king conceded, Vishu grew in size and covered the earth and heaven in his first two strides. For the remaining one foot, Mahabali asked Vamana to keep it on his head. Mahabali was thus pushed into patala, the underworld. Onam is the day the king comes back to visit his kingdom every year.

Onam Sadya is a nine-course meal consisting of 13 essential dishes. The grand feast is served on banana leaves in a meticulous manner. A number of restaurants in the city have geared up for this.

With many festivals around the corner and rich delicacies being served, there is some good news for health-conscious people. Healthy Onam, celebrated by Radha Regent E-City, is a three-day celebration that started on Monday.
“The idea is to make these dishes light on the stomach, and at the same time, enjoyable. We are preparing all traditional Kerala dishes with less cooking oil and ghee, and by steaming and grilling. We are using jaggery in place of sugar in the sweet dishes,” said Rupam Dutta, general manager.

Reference:

Times of india