Ayudha Puja or Ayudha Pooja is a much-awaited Hindu festival celebrated on the 9th day of Navaratri every year. It Is also known as Astra Puja. is a traditional and significant festival, the working professionals like to plan their leaves so they can celebrate the festival with their friends and families.
|Sunday||25 October 2020||Ayudha Puja|
Ayudha Puja celebrations in different states
The festival is celebrated as Ayudha Pooja in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, as Ayudha Pujai in Tamil Nadu, and as Ayudha Puja in Kerala. In the North East, it is called Mahanavami. In Odisha, it is celebrated as Astra Puja. It is observed on the 9th day of Dussehra in Karnataka.
About Ayudha Pooja
It is the day to express gratefulness for all types of tools that are an integral part of our life. The instruments that are worshipped on the day of the festival comprise the small items such as spanners, scissors and pins and the bigger items such as vehicles and machineries. People also worship Saraswati, who is the Goddess of Wisdom; Lakshmi, who is the Goddess of wealth; and Parvati, who is also known as the divine mother. People believe that worshipping the instruments on Ayudha Pooja will give them success. Ayudha Puja is the celebration of the triumph over sinful.
People wash their instruments, tools and vehicles and worship them later on. Businessmen also clean their shops and perform pooja. After the pooja, shops shall be shut. Ayudha Puja is a precious day to worship office books, school books, etc. People get ready in traditional dresses to perform the different rituals of the festival and exchange the festival greetings among themselves.
Exchanging gifts is a part of the celebration. Gifts are exchanged to mark the festival and express love to family and close ones. The most commonly exchanged gifts include the idols of Goddess Saraswati, Goddess Parvati and Goddess Lakshmi. Other items that are usually gifted consist of devotional books, CDs and cassettes.
Significance of Saraswati Pooja
People in Tamil Nadu perform Saraswati Puja and Ayudha Puja. All types of musical instruments and school books shall be kept before the Goddess Saraswati and the pooja is conducted by the elder members of the family. This is how the rituals of the festival differ from one region to another. The city of Chennai celebrates the festival differently. The people of the city honor the instruments whether or not they are used in day-to-day life.
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Plan your leaves on Ayudha Puja 2020
Since Ayudha Puja falls on Sunday this year, 25 October 2020 from work or studies will give you a long weekend. It’s better to make travel plans in advance as demand will be high and therefore, prices for air, bus or train tickets as well as accommodation will go up significantly. Businessmen can also schedule their activities ahead of the festival. On the other hand, merchants usually stock up to meet the festive demand, especially from those who travel to tourist destinations to celebrate the festival.
Ayudha Puja 2020-2025
|Monday||7 October 2019||Ayudha Puja|
|Sunday||25 October 2020||Ayudha Puja|
|Thursday||14 October 2021||Ayudha Puja|
|Tuesday||4 October 2022||Ayudha Puja|
|Monday||23 October 2023||Ayudha Puja|
|Saturday||12 October 2024||Ayudha Puja|
|Wednesday||1 October 2025||Ayudha Puja|
Famous destination visit during Ayudha Puja 2020 holidays
As mentioned earlier, Ayudha Pooja is a famous festival observed in India. The celebrations are different and special in some places. Ayudha Puja 2019 holidays are extremely crucial for those seeking to visit the most famous destinations to mark the festival of Dussehra. The following is a list of places that are worth visiting for Dussehra 2020 holidays.
- West Bengal: West Bengal celebrates Ayudha Pooja as Durga Puja. This festival is auspicious for the Hindus of the state. On the 6th day of Navaratri, Goddess Durga is welcomed by devotees and on the 7th, 8th and 9th days of Navaratri, the Goddess is worshipped.
- Gujarat: Gujarat has a different celebration. The folk dance is something that entices you to visit the state. Despite their religion, class, race, etc., people will participate in this traditional dance form. It is exciting to watch.
- Punjab: Hindus in Punjab observe fasting for seven days continually and on the 8th day of Navaratri, they break the fast. The state has several famous places to visit during Dussehra holidays.
- Telangana: The celebration is observed differently in Telangana. You can watch the women celebrating Bathukamma.
- Kerala: Like other states, the Hindu followers in Kerala worship Goddess Saraswati, Goddess Durga and Goddess Lakshmi. The nine days of Navaratri are considered to be important to commence something new.
- Karnataka: Do not miss visiting the city of Mysore during Dussehra holidays in 2020. Many people across the country gather here to witness the grand celebration of Ayudha Puja or Dussehra.
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