Ayudha Puja 2016 date during Durga Pooja and Navratri
Ayudha Puja falls during Maha Navratri and it is popular only in South India mainly in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Kerala. Ayudha Puja is done on Navami Tithi during Navratri. Most of the time, it falls on Maha Navami during Navratri. Ayudha Puja is also known as Shastra Puja and Astra Puja.
In its modern form Ayudha Puja has become Vahana Puja when people worship their vehicles including cars, scooters, and motorbikes. During Vahana Puja, all the vehicles are decorated with vermilion, garlands, mango leaves and banana sapling and worshiped. During Vahana Puja a white pumpkin is decorated with vermilion and turmeric and smashed in front of the vehicle as a custom to get rid of all sorts of evils.
Ayudha Puja is celebrated on the ninth day of Shukla Paksha in Ashwin month. In Tamil Nadu, Ayuda Pooja is in Puratasi month and in Kerala it is in the Kanni month. Ayudha Puja 2016 date is October 10. Ayudha Puja means the worship of weapons. On this day books, tools and objects used for making a living are worshiped and ritual washing is performed.
Legend has it that the weapons used by Goddess Durga were worshiped on the day. The day is known as Astra Puja in Bengal and is observed on Durga Ashtami day.