States Tamil Nadu Festivals Saraswati Puja

Saraswati Puja Festival in Tamil Nadu

Also known as Ayudha Puja, it is celebrated as the day when the instruments are worshipped. The puja takes place during the Navratri festival, and thus, is an important ritual in Tamil Nadu.

Saraswati Puja Festival in Tamil Nadu

One of the most venerated festivals that not just celebrates the victory of good over evil but also embeds the meaning 'Worship of Instruments', is Saraswati Pooja. Out of the array of top festivals of Tamilnadu, Ayudha Pujai/Astra Puja (Saraswati Puja) is revered the most as it falls on the 9th day of the Navarathri celebrations and holds deep historical importance. Saraswathi the Goddess of arts, wisdom and literature is particularly worshipped on this day along with the instruments and tools of artists and soldiers. This famous festival focuses on the importance of tools that are used by different individuals in and are the true guiding force to achieve goals.

Brief History of the Festival

A classic win of good over evil is the storyline that surrounds the history of this famous festival among tourists travelling across the globe. As per the legend, it is said that Chamundeshwari an incarnation of Goddess Durga defeated the popular demon king, Mahishasur and the weapons so used by her were never brought into use and hence were kept and worshipped. Another myth that is linked with this traditional event states that Arjuna, one of the 5 Pandava brothers found his weapon on Vijayadashmi from the Shami tree which he kept there 13 years ago before setting forth for his forced exile. Arjuna came out as a winner in the Kurukshetra war and the Pandavas came back on the day of Vijayadashami which is revered as prosperous for new beginnings.

Duration of the Festival

Saraswati Pooja is known for being an essential part of the Golu celebrations and is observed on the 9th day of Navratri which occurs in the month of September-October.

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