Ayudha Puja – October 4, 2022
Ayudha Puja, also known as Astra Puja, is celebrated on the ninth day of Navaratri every year in India, and this year, it falls on October 4. People worship and revere the objects and instruments related to their profession and livelihood on this auspicious day. As per the lunisolar calendar commonly used by the Hindu community, Navaratri starts after the new moon of Ashwin month and is a nine-day festival celebrating Goddess Durga's victory over a demon named Mahishasura. However, multiple versions of this legend exist.
HISTORY OF AYUDHA PUJA Hinduism is one of the oldest religions in the world. It is also perceived to blend different cultures and beliefs that evolved in the Indian subcontinent over time. Many followers of Hinduism call their religion ‘Sanatana Dharma’, which refers to a motley of views on philosophy and theology aimed toward explaining the meaning and purpose of life. Hindus are polytheists and believe in various forms of worship. The “Vedas” are considered to be the oldest and most sacred of all holy texts of Hindus. The mythologies of Hinduism are described through 18 “Puranas,” each having its version. The Puranas explain complex concepts through simple and easily understandable stories. Then come the “Upanishads,” which further explore these complex concepts, beliefs, and world views. They also describe various schools of thought.
There are various legends related to the day of Ayudha Puja. The most famous tale comes from the “Mahabharatha,” the most significant Hindu epic. According to the Mahabharatha, Arjuna, the third Pandava prince, retrieved his weapons after completing his ‘vanavasa’ or exile, wherein he had to spend 14 years in a forest. The Pandavas were sent to the vanavasa after they lost everything in a gamble, which their enemy, the Kauravas, rigged. After retrieving the weapons, the Pandavas fought the Kauravas and regained their lives and kingdom. Devotees worship their weapons, tools, instruments, and books on this day. As we progressed into the modern age, weapon worship lost its significance, with the related objects of work and occupation taking their place as the objects of worship.
AYUDHA PUJA FAQS
How many Hindu Gods are there?
Hinduism is a religion with many Gods and Goddesses originating from the supreme soul, also known as “Brahma.”
How was Goddess Durga created?
The Goddess Durga was created by combining the life force of three significant deities: Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva.
What rituals are performed on Ayudha Puja?
Cleaning and worshiping all the tools, objects, and instruments of one’s profession are done with utmost purity and respect.
AYUDHA PUJA ACTIVITIES
Visit India Ayudha Puja and Navratri festivals are celebrated all over India. Try to visit India to experience some of the world's most vibrant and colorful festivals.
Read Puranas Puranas are extensive and cannot be read in a single day. Read them slowly, over a month or two.
Clean your tools Ayudha Puja is about honoring one’s work, objects, and tools. Use this day to examine and clean all your tools and workplace.
5 UNKNOWN FACTS ABOUT HINDUISM THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
Third largest religion Hinduism is the third-largest religion in the world and the largest in the Indian subcontinent.
Pursuit of wealth Hinduism does not consider the quest for wealth a sin; there is even a Goddess of wealth in Hinduism.
No founders No single person can be claimed as the founder of Hinduism.
Concept of time Hinduism believes in a circular concept of time and not a linear one.
The oldest religion Hinduism is the oldest surviving religion in the world.
WHY WE LOVE AYUDHA PUJA
Rich mythology Hinduism is rich in both history and mythology. This makes festivals like Ayudha Puja genuinely enthralling.
Unity in diversity India is home to people from different backgrounds, languages, cultures, races, and traditions. Despite all the differences, people enjoy coming together to celebrate other traditions.
It accepts all religions. The Hindu culture does not have traditions and rituals to convert others into religion. We love the tenacity and tolerance of this religion.