Sunday, October 25, 2020

Leading To The Day of Victory

Continuing from yesterday's post of Navratri Golu, today's is a post on Saraswati Pooja that happens on the 9th day (navami) of the Navaratri days, and 10th day of Vijayadashami tomorrow. Saraswati, as most of us know is the Goddess of knowledge in Hindu mythology. Saraswati Pooja or Ayudha Pooja is celebrated on the navami, especially in Tamil Nadu.

Ayudha Pooja is extremely special out of the 9 days, and also marks the final day of Navaratri. Books, tools, and all the important things concerning education and career and neatly stacked up in front of Goddess Saraswati to seek the blessings of the Goddess of knowledge, learning, and all forms of art. We used to love and look forward to this day as kids because the books that are stacked up on the day of Saraswati Pooja cannot be removed until the next day, which is Vijayadashami. So, we used to stack up every single book, notebook, and all forms of homework into the pile so that no work needs to be done! This was one day when we could legitimately get off from doing even a single productive activity (and not be told to be more productive)!

This day is also called Ayudha Pooja, and it is a big, special day for all shopkeepers and businessmen. It is the day they honour their tools and their shop that make their living, and they honour their vehicles of transport. Even inside the house, you honour every significant item in the house, and all your personal vehicles, and even the house itself. Usually, when we went to our school classrooms on Vijayadashami (the day after ayudha pooja), we would see marks of 'chandan kumkum' tikkas on top of the boards, and on every classroom door! Every single person honours any and every tool that give knowledge, business, and art.

Vijayadashami is the day of 'vidya arambha', means beginning of learning. Usually, on this day you have all the subjects taught a little bit in school, and they start new chapters, new kids are enrolled in whatever extra-curricular classes that they want- like music, dance, sport, art, anything at all. It is believed that starting to sincerely learn something on Vijayadashami can lead you victorious! This is also the day you honour your teachers. On the day of Vijayadashami, we used to always go with a traditional plate of fruits, betel leaves, and a small gift to my music teacher's place, and she always taught us a small new song and had a return gift for all her students. 

This day of all beginnings definitely gives you a chance to finally start what you want to, if you haven't already. It's a day of spirit, enthusiasm, a lot of learning, and new beginnings! So, if you have something that you really wanted to start, then tomorrow might be a great day! Don't forget to follow it up on the day after Vijayadashami too!

Happy Ayudha Pooja, and advanced happy Vijayadashami to all of you! Let's have a great year until next Navaratri!

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