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Tiruvannamalai Girivalam Dates and Time, Calendar 2017

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Tiruvannamalai Temple – Tiruvannamalai Girivalam Dates and Time, Calendar 2017

MonthDayGirivalam Start TimeGirivalam End Time
12-01-2017Thu11-01 07.58 PM12-01 06:11 PM
10-02-2017Fri10-02 08:02 AM11-02 06:58 AM
12-03-2017Sun11-03 08.56 PM12-03 08.50 PM
11-04-2017Tue10-04 10.53 AM11-04 11.47 AM
10-05-2017Wed10-05 01.46 AM11-05 03.27 AM
09-06-2017Fri08-06 05.24 PM09-06 07.31 PM
09-07-2017Sun08-07 08.45 AM09-07 10.26 AM
07-08-2017Mon06-08 11.32 PM07-08 11.55 PM
06-09-2017Wed05-09 01.01 AM06-09 01.03 AM
05-10-2017Thu04-10 01.35 AM05-10 12.40 AM
04-11-2017Sat03-11 01.20 AM04-11 11.40 AM
03-12-2017Sun02-12 11.45 AM03-12 10.23 PM

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Sabarimala Temple Opening Dates 2017 to 2018

Sabarimala Temple Opening Dates 2017 to 2018

Sri Sabarimala Ayyappa Swamy Temple Opening and Closing Dates and Time 2017 – 2018

Sabarimala Temple Opening Dates

MonthPoojaOpening DateClosing DateOpening Time
JanuaryMakaravilakku Day14/01/2017
FebruaryMonthly Pooja – Kumbham12/02/201717/02/20175 PM - 10 PM
MarchMonthly Pooja – Meenam14/03/201719/03/20175 PM - 10 PM
Sabarimala Utsavam30/03/201709/04/20175 PM - 10 PM
Painkuni Uthram (Ayyappan Nakshatra Birth Date) & Arattu09/04/2017
AprilMeda Vishu Festival10/04/201718/04/20175 PM - 10 PM
MayMonthly Pooja – Edavam14/05/201719/05/20175 PM - 10 PM
JuneIdol Installation Pooja03/06/201704/6/20175 PM - 10 PM
Idol Installation Day04/06/2017
Monthly Pooja – Midhunam14/06/201719/06/20175 PM - 10 PM
JulyMonthly Pooja – Karkkidakam16/07/201721/07/20175 PM - 10 PM
AugustMonthly Pooja – Chingam16/08/201721/08/20175 PM - 10 PM
SeptemberOnam Pooja02/09/201706/09/20175 PM - 10 PM
Onam Day04/09/2017
Monthly Pooja – Kanni16/09/201721/09/20175 PM - 10 PM
OctoberMonthly Pooja – Thulam16/10/201721/10/20175 PM - 10 PM
Sree Chithra Atta Thirunal18/10/201719/10/20175 PM - 10 PM
NovemberMandala Pooja Maholsavam15/11/201726/12/20175 PM - 10 PM
Madala Pooja26/12/2017
DecemberThirunada opens for Makaravilakku30/12/201720-01-20185 PM - 7 AM
January 2018Makaravilakku Day14/01/2018

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SooraSamharam SuraSamharam – Festival of Lord Murugan Famous at Tiruchendur

SooraSamharam SuraSamharam – Festival of Lord Murugan Famous at Tiruchendur

SuraSamharam aka SooraSamharam – Famous Festival of Lord Murugan

Soorasamharam is a ritual practice followed in Thiruchendur which interprets the killing of Asuras by Lord Murugan. ‘Sooran’ is the name of the demon and ‘Samharam’ refers to the act of killing. Generally, this practice is performed in Tamil Nadu, Sri Lanka and in some Murugan temples of Kerala. According to the history, this festival has been grandly celebrated in Thiruvannur Subramanya Swami temple in Kozhikode, Kerala for more than a century. Sooranpada is the name by which they call Soorasamharam in Kerala.

History of Soorasamhaaram (Sura Samharam Story )

Soorasamharam was celebrated according to Tamil Calendar and this year it falls on November 5. This divine act known as Soorasamharam is conducted on the account of Lord Muruga beheading Soorapadman with his ‘Vel’. On the day, devotees enjoy the victory of good over evil. The very next day, Thirukalyanam will be performed which portrays the divine marriage of Lord Muruga and Devasena. These are the acts which are taken from the Kandhapuranam.

According to Skanda Purana, the Surapadma has a battle of demons under his control. Two of the demons namely Simhamukha and Tarakasura were sued by the Devas. They continued harassing the human and committed Adharma everywhere. Lord Brahma, the demigods, and humans prayed to Lord Shiva to come forward and put a full stop to the demons. At that time, Lord Muruga was born to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Lord Murugan was very powerful and was a great commander for all the Devas. He was so brave and destroys people who do adharma.

In the same way, Lord Muruga came to battle with the demons. The fight took place continuously for six days. It is not that Lord Muruga was not powerful to kill him at that instant. Everything happens only at the assigned time. Likewise, it happened and Lord Muruga killed all the demons and assistants of Padmasura. On the last day, serious and a long fight took place between Muruga and Soorapadman. Ultimately, Lord Murugan pierced Surapadman’s body with his weapon (Vel). Then also, he didn’t die completely.

Surapadma transformed himself into a big mango tree. He thought himself to be too brilliant. But, of course, what happened was not a surprise. Lord Muruga broke the trees into two pieces with his powerful weapon. The two pieces then changed into a peacock and cock. Lord Muruga sat back on the peacock ( his vahana or vehicle ) and he gave a place for the cock on his banner. This event is popularly known as Soorasamharam.

Celebration of Soorasamharam ( Kandha Sasti Kavasam )

In Tamil Nadu, Soorasamhaaram is a festival celebrated every year by a large number of devotees. The state government and Indian Railways ply special buses and trains to facilitate people in traveling to the temple. The Sooranporu was based on the story of Murugan as given in Kandhapuranam. A few days before commencing Soorasamharam, the skandhapuranam is narrated in the temple.

Soorasamhaaram is preceded by several procedures before the ending of Kanda Sashti festival. Specific Poojas will be conducted and Lord Murugan is ritually anointed (abhishekam). The devotees seek the deity’s Darshan. In some parts of Tamil Nadu, women do fasting for six days and they break at the end of the Soorasamhaaram. In Palani, Lord Murugan is taken down for a procession from the hill temple to the main road before the festival. Kanda Shasti is the sixth day from new moon day. These are the Poojas which will be conducted on the account of Kanda Sasti festival.

Thiruchendur Yaga Salai Pooja

During this season devotees get crowded in almost all the Lord Murugan’s temples and especially high number at the seashore temple in Thiruchendur. The function will begin with yaga salai puja and to initiate the function, a sacred flag will be hoisted in many places. The following event will be kappu kattuthal or sacred thread tying practice. Generally, the Priests will be doing the tying activity to all the devotees after having done with the pooja. Devotees with kappu in hand need to stay in the temple until the end of the festival.

Kandha Sasti Fasting

A lot of devotees especially women will observe fasts during the six days. You can take fruits alone, or some milk and liquid foods, and even some take one meal per day. It all depends on a devotee’s choice. There are possibilities that some devotees will fast only for the single day that too on the sixth day.

Many spiritual lectures will be taking place for day and night in temples. Reading of Kanda Puranam, chanting the hymns of Murugan will happen. Mainly Kanda Sasti Kavacham will be chanted on all six days. Special Poojas along with abhishekam, archanai, and deeparadhanai will be done on a daily basis. In some temples, Laksarchanai will also be conducted to Muruga.

Skandha Puranam and Soorasamharam

Skandha Puranam will be chanted by the devotees during the Poojas. The festival clearly gives a picture of killing the four Asuras Anamughan, Panumughan, Simhamughan, and Soorapadman. The last one to be killed is the Soorapadman or Padmasura. The Asuras are decapitated by Lord Murugan using his Vel (Weapon) which looks like a kind of spear or javelin.Before starting all this, the vel is consecrated and the ceremony takes place like Lord Murugan placing vel on Padmasura’s head and thereby it falls off on the ground. Soorasamhaaram is performed at the last week of Kanda Sashti festival.

Significance of Soorasamharam – Victory of Good over Evil

Soorasamharam own a peculiar religious significance, especially for Tamilians. The awesomeness of this day is cleared mentioned in Hindu scripture of ‘Skanda Puranam’. It is essential for every Hindu-Tamilian to visit the temple and get the Lord’s blessings. Every participant in the festival will find the enjoyment in the celebration. That, in turn, will automatically make you attend the function every year. It will be a real treat and pleasure for people to see all this. The only thing is the crowd which can cause some inconvenience. But, keeping Lord Muruga in mind, all the pains will disappear. Do visit this wonderful place of Thiruchendur Murugan temple which is one of the six abodes of Murugan.

Thai Pongal Celebrations in Tamil Nadu – Tamilar Thirunal Tamil Harvest Festival

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Thai Pongal 2017 – Tamil Harvest Festival 2017 – Ulavar Thirunal 2017 – Tamilar Thirunal 2017 – Pongal Celebrations

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Tamil People’s Traditional Harvest Festival  – Tamilar Thirunal Pongal Celebrations in Tamil Nadu

Thai Pongal Celebrations in Tamil Nadu - Tamilar Thirunal Tamil People's Traditional Harvest Festival

Pongal is a Tamil people’s traditional festival celebrated by Hindus for annual harvest in Tamil Nadu. Pongal Celebrations in Tamil Nadu is preceded by worshiping Sun god with utmost reverence and thankfulness. In precise Pongal is rejoiced for the agricultural profusion offered by god during one full year. Pongal literally means ‘overflow’ in Tamil which symbolizes the overflow of wealth, joy, and prosperity within a family. Pongal is a 4-day cultural and traditional festival of Tamil people celebrated from last day of Tamil month Margazhi to the first three days of Tamil month Thai. Each day of Pongal celebration in Tamil Nadu has its own historic and cultural importance. Copious happiness along with strong family bonding is developed with this event. Pongal is mostly celebrated by the Tamil people of Tamil Nadu and hence also called as ‘Tamizhar Thirunaal’ meaning Tamil people’s traditional festival.

Significance of Pongal Celebrations in Tamil Nadu

Every festival has its own significance and history. Of that Pongal is a festival of Sangam age. Pongal festival is celebrated for four days. All the four days are celebrated with immense joy and pleasure all around. Margazhikolam is the specialty in houses during Pongal celebration in Tamil Nadu. Kolam is nothing but different patterns drawn using rice flour and colored in front of the gate or in portigo. Houses are cleaned and whitewashed to welcome the Goddess of wealth during the festive time. It is one of the famous tradition and culture followed by Tamil people in Tamil Nadu. In the top of the front doors mango leaves and turmeric are hanged as a part of traditional practice.Doors are decorated with turmeric and Kumkumam. These are the sequences followed by Tamil people in the Pongal celebration in Tamil Nadu.

Thai Pongal Festival Days

The four different days of the Pongal festival include

  • Bhogi
  • Thai Pongal
  • Maatu Pongal
  • Kaanum Pongal

Pongal Bhogi Festival

Bhogi is the first day of Pongal which is on last day of the Tamil month Margazhi. Bhogi is dedicated to Lord Indra for the blessing of abundant rain. Lord Indra is the God of the sky and precious rains. Tamil Devotees offer veneration to god by presenting sweets and foods before god. Bhogi is celebrated with a concept – ‘dispose old possessions to welcome new comings’. On this day people used to burn their old belongings in the daybreak. It is believed that this will erase the bad happenings thereby create a new beginning of blissfulness into one’s life. Along with that burn flames, Tamil people used to dance as a part of Pongal celebration in Tamil Nadu to express their contentment.

Thai Pongal

Thai is the tenth month of Tamil calendar. It falls either on 13th or 15th of January on a regular basis. Pongal is a holy festival celebrated on the first day of this month and hence termed as Thai Pongal. This day marks the second day of Pongal ceremony. Pongal is the name of the Tamil people’s food which is prepared during the Pongal days.

Preparation and serving of Pongal (food)

The Pongal cuisine is cooked in a small earthen pot with ginger and turmeric wound around the pot. The first harvested paddy is used for cooking rice. Rice along with jaggery, cashews, cardamom, etc are mixed and boiled in rice to get the delicious Pongal. The recipes of Pongal celebration will be overflowing out of the pots which signify a good sign of growth. When it overflows people used to scream ‘Pongalo Pongal’ to express their happiness.
Two types of Pongal are prepared namely Venn Pongal and Sweet Pongal which are made my Tamil people during the Pongal celebration. Food preparation is made in front of the sunlight and dedicated to the Sun god. Hence Thai Pongal is also known as Surya Pongal. On both the sides of the god sugarcanes are kept which is the essential portion of the festival. Only after offering prayers to god foods are tasted by the devotees. Tamil Folks of Tamil Nadu wear new traditional clothes and go to temples in the morning in reverence to god.

Maatu Pongal – Bull Pongal – Cow Pongal

Maatu Pongal (Festival of Cows) falls on the second day of Thai month. As the name indicates Maatu Pongal means ‘Pongal festival of cows’. Cows are decorated in a grand manner as well as their horns are painted in Tamil people’s houses. Garlands made of flowers, colorful beads and leaves are worn around the Cow’s head. Even loud sound bells are tied to the rope of cows to generate more rings. Those who are having cows will do this on a yearly basis. After all that decorations they are worshiped by lighting a lamp in front of their legs as a part of Pongal celebration. The customs are followed to show their gratitude by proffering chow to the cows which sacrifice a lot for human beings. Following that in the evening, cows are taken out for a round in their respective towns or villages of Tamil Nadu to show off delight. This marks the end of the Pongal celebration of this day in Tamil Nadu.

Jallikattu & its Importance on Maatu Pongal

Jallikattu or Sallikattu is the traditional game of Dravidian played in Tamil Nadu. “Salli” means coins and “Kattu” means “to tie”. Together it means tieing coins to the bull’s horns. The Bullfighter needs to embrace the bull for a particular distance and take the coins to win the award prize. “Maatu Pongal” stands to be the cultural festival of praising cattle. Hence, in many places of Tamil Nadu, Jallikattu events will be conducted as a part of the celebration.The most famous one is the Alanganallur Jallikattu near Madurai. It is one of the renowned sports of ancient Tamil Nadu that prevailed for years together. But, it was banned by the Supreme Court recently according to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. This was the most unexpected action taken by the Government of India. As a true Tamil blood, we need to strive hard in some possible way to bring back Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu.

Kaanum Pongal or Uzhavar Thirunal

Last day of the Pongal celebration is known as Kaanum Pongal in Tamil Nadu. Kaanum means ‘to visit’ which means to visit their relatives’ houses and go outing with them. That is, there exists a get-together of different family members residing at various places. Apart from the above, there will be many gift exchanges among the societal members to celebrate Tamil people’s traditional festival. The gifts include food, clothes and household items which are useful. All the picnic spots and tourist places will be filled by hundreds of thousands of people. An added beauty of the Pongal celebration in Tamil Nadu is that Tamil people’s game play activities like Jallikattu, Gummi, Kabaddi and other village sports.These games are played only by the Tamil people to celebrate their traditional festival of Pongal.

Pongal – A Cultural Festival dedicated to Farmers

Pongal or Thai Pongal is a traditional festival of Tamils which falls on January 14, 2017, this year. Pongal means “overflowing” and this festival is celebrated so as to bring about overflowing happiness in life for the forthcoming years. Pongal is called to be the festival of farmers since this is the period of Harvest too. Also, Pongal is one big festival which brings not only joy but also harmony to our family. All the farmers will cook their first harvested rice and present before the Sun God. It is also celebrated to be the thanksgiving event for Mother nature. On the whole, the four-day festival Pongal is a traditional festival filled with cultural heritage. Let’s celebrate this holy festival of Pongal with bonds of love and Thanksgiving. With that note, I wish you all to have a very Happy and Prosperous Pongal this year.

Ayudha Pooja – Saraswati Puja – Navaratri – Dussehra

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Ayudha Pooja 2017 Date – Saraswati Puja 2017 Date – Navaratri 2017 Date – Dussehra 2017 Date in India

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Festival brings happiness in a family by integrating relations and friends together. Festive celebration will always be a fun filled activity along with genuine prayers to God. Ayudha Pooja (Ayudha Puja) or Saraswati Pooja (Saraswati Puja) is one such festivity which creates a wonderful environment of both pleasure and joy. Herewith, we are going to see interesting procedures and different methods of celebrating Ayudha Puja or Saraswati Puja. The note from Dravidian will also guide you on how to celebrate Ayudha Puja or Saraswati Puja.

Ayudha Pooja – The Festival of Triumph celebration

Ayudha Pooja, the name by itself indicates that it is a festival celebrated to respect the implements of God.  ‘Ayudha’ means weapon and Pooja are nothing but worshiping the Lord. Ayudha Pooja is done to respect weapons and it does not mean literally. The weapon includes all the things which a man uses to attain wisdom and prosperity. Weapons, books, vehicles, household Appliances and so on are the things included for Pooja celebration. Ayudha Pooja is an auspicious day for Hindu people and considered to be holy spiritual activity.

Ayudha Pooja is also called as Saraswati Pooja and called as Dussehra in North India.  Ayudha or Saraswati Pooja is celebrated differently in various places according to one’s own religious customs. Ayudha Pooja falls on the ninth day of the Moon cycle and during Navratri (Navaratri). Ayudha Pooja is celebrated all over India, Sri Lanka. Veneration of God given objects is really an essential action and is accomplished on Dussehra day. Three phenomenal goddesses of worshiped during Ayudha Pooja are Lakshmi (Goddess of wealth), Saraswati (Goddess of wisdom) and Parvati Devi (Goddess of Divinity). Ayudha Pooja is an enjoyable and the most important festival of India.

History and the story of Ayudha Pooja (Ayudha Puja) or Dussehra

Ayudha Pooja (Ayudha Puja) is a traditional festival from ancient times. It is believed that Ayudha Pooja is celebrated due to a good incident happened long before. There are two legends told which narrate the story of Ayudha Pooja and its commencement details.

Mahabharata and Arjuna’s tie up with Ayudha Pooja

According to the Historical significance, Mahabharata is one of the main epics for human life. Mahabharata is related to Ayudha Pooja in one aspect. Mahabharata, a war between the Pandavas and Gauravas was a real lesson for the livelihood of people.

Pandavas included the five incomparable men namely Bheeman ( Bhima), Arjuna, Nakulan, Sahadevan. Amongst everyone Arjuna is a courageous and brave man who excels as an Archer. Once upon a time, there happened an incident due to which Arjuna has to move to forest for his living as a punishment. Before he moved to a forest, he kept his weapons hidden in a tree. After his thirteen years of punishment, he returned back on Vijayadasami day and took out his weapons from the Shami tree. That day was very auspicious and full of holiness. Since Arjuna took out the weapons on that day, it is also celebrated as Ayudha Pooja. Ayudha Pooja is a day of prosperity and hence a new start on that day is considered to be auspicious.

Mahishasura Varthini – Legend of demolishing Evil

According to the Hindu Mythology, Goddess Chamundeshwari (Goddess Durga Devi) freed the world with her powerful weapons. She killed the demon called Mahishasuran who was very strong and mighty. Devas ruled the whole world by their amazing capabilities. The demons or the asuras were very jealous and always wanted to rule the world. Several asuras tried defeating the Devas but failed on every attempt. Then came the Mahishasura who was damn powerful and courageous. He led all the asuras in fighting against Devas.
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All the Devas decided to put their powers together to bring about the super power. That super power is a lady with ten hands named to be Goddess Durga Devi. She had ten weapons in all her ten hands. Mahishasura fought against the Goddess Durga Devi continuously. Both of them battled for nine days continuously. On the tenth day, Durga Devi sliced the head off from Mahishasuran body. That day was a Navami day. The death of Mahishasuran gave the enlightenment and peace for the world. Hence Ayudha Pooja or Dussehra or Vijayadasami (Vijayadashami) is celebrated on this day of extreme goodness.

Ayudha Pooja ceremony in Different places

South Indian Jubilation of Ayudha Pooja or Saraswati Pooja

In southern parts of India, Ayudha Pooja or so-called Saraswati Pooja is celebrated in a grand manner. Ayudha Pooja falls during Navratri (Navaratri) and hence has an additional significance. During Navratri, people of South India will celebrate another important festive ceremony called Golu (kolu). Golu is an interesting celebration which fully comprises of dolls (Bommai in Tamil).

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All the dolls of God like Radha Krishnan, dancing and head shaking Tanjore Doll, Durga Devi, animals, birds, swing and so on items are kept on steps so as to show off magnificent attire. All the dolls will be kept for nine days and nine nights. Golu is a very auspicious occasion for having a bright future.

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Ceremonial proceedings of Ayudha Pooja (Ayudha Puja) or Saraswati Pooja (Saraswati Puja)

On the Navami day of Navratri season, Ayudha Pooja is celebrated. Pooja preparation starts from the prior day itself. You should start with the cleaning works starting from vessels to the entire house. Everything must be cleaned in advance to carry out the Pooja at the earliest. After cleaning and washing, Santhanam (Sandalwood) is sprinkled on all the things which are being used. Then kumkum is placed on top of Santhanam sprinkles. Floral decorations and thoranams have to be hung in the entrance of the house.

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Next step is to make sweets and snacks including Suyyam, Kadalaiparuppu Paayasam, Sundal, Medhuvadai, etc. For lunch, Sambar, Rasam, vegetable curry, the vegetable fry will be made.

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All the items prepared are kept in reference to Gods. Goddess Durga Devi, Goddess Lakshmi, Goddess Saraswati are the main gods of worship. The lamp is lighted and Pooja is commenced with a good fragrance of Agarbathi and Sambraani. Then water is sprinkled for three times in a circular manner as a tradition. With that, the procedures for Ayudha Pooja is over. This is the formal procedure for Ayudha Pooja or Saraswati Pooja followed in Asian countries like India, Sri Lanka and most importantly in Southern parts of India.

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Vijayadasami or Vijayadashami

Ayudha Puja also called as Vijayadasami is considered as a day of complete fortune. On the day of Ayudha Pooja or Vijayadasami or Saraswati Pooja, small kids who haven’t entered school are admitted into school. Before that, Goddess Saraswati is prayed for giving prosperous wisdom. After sincere Prayers, Child’s hand is grabbed by parents and the first word of Tamil is drawn on Paddy rice. This is followed as a traditional custom and it is believed that Goddess Saraswati will bless with enormous knowledge. Vijayadasami is a very good day for a bright startup. Anyone starting a new venture can proceed with their work on Ayudha Pooja for an enlightened success.

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Celebration of Holistic Dussehra in North India

In North sides of India, the same festival is named to be Dussehra (Dasara) which enacts the killing of Demon. The festival will be celebrated for ten long days which portrays the war between Durga Devi and Demon Mahishasuran. Or in other words, we can call it as the celebration of the conquest of good over bad. During Dussehra or Ayudha Pooja, Barley plant will be planted on the first day of Dussehra. The barley will start sprouting and at the end of the festival, it will be used by people. The people of North India will take the sprouts and keep it with them as a thing of Luckiness.

Along with these practices, prayers will also be done with sweets and presents during Ayudha Puja or Dussehra. In some other parts of North India, People used to celebrate Ayudha Pooja or Dasara will start with the worshiping of Lord Rama. Ramayana and its related scenes will be acted in stages as a custom. Lord Rama’s victory over Ravana is taken into consideration for this traditional practice. However the festival is being celebrated, Ayudha Pooja or Dussehra has the same kind of goodness and spirituality.

Ayudha Pooja and its delights of Celebration

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Ayudha Pooja altogether has an unbeatable celebration fun and enjoyment. We have seen the celebration of Ayudha Pooja or Saraswati Pooja or Dussehra in different methodologies in different places. Only the method of celebration varies from place to place but the main theme of it is the same. The festival of Ayudha Pooja not only gives wealth to people but also offers the unlimited wisdom of everything. Festival also teaches an incomparable behavior of lending to the needy. It is really a very big sacredness when you just give whatever you have at least.  It does not matter how big or small it is but the action you are doing is valuable. Hope so you gained a satisfied explanation on Ayudha Pooja and Saraswati Pooja as well as about Dussehra. Have a great celebration of Ayudha Pooja!!