Festival day Celebration: Saraswati Puja and Ayudha Puja
Saraswathi Pooja/Ayutha Puja is celebrated by the all over the world by Indians especially in South India. This year 2017 Saraswathi Puja/Ayutha puja is celebrated on 29th of September 2017, Friday.
Here it is observed on the last day of the Navratri celebrations and is celebrated on the same day as ‘Ayudha Puja’. This is a full of nine days of celebrations. At the end of the 9th day Saraswati puja is performed by the people. The 10th day or ‘Dussehra’ is also included in the celebrations of Saraswati Puja. 9th day of Navratri (Saraswati Puja) is celebrated in the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala as well as 10th day of Navratri (Dussera) is celebrated in the states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
Why Saraswati Puja/ayutha poojai?
The festival of Saraswati Puja is dedicated to Devi Saraswati the Goddess of knowledge, wisdom, arts and education. As per the mythological stories Goddess Saraswati created powerful weapons to kill the demon named ‘Magishasuran’. The weapons were then considered to be Holy and people began to worship them.
Celebrations during saraswathi pooja/ayudha pooja:
Both Saraswati Puja and Ayutha puja are celebrated on same 9th day of Navratri festival. It is celebrated in a kind of manner by worshipped Saraswati with the Educational instruments, books and also some others worshipped their mechanism like computers, printers, scanner and large machines. They decorate their instruments with flowers and sandal.
On the other hand, People used to arrange god and goddess dolls on racks and sang laxmi’s song at night and this event is called ‘Golu’. Golu refers to showcasing and displaying miniature forms of Gods, Goddesses, animals, birds and art work to name a few.