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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