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Re: ayudha pooja

From: sampath kumar (sampathkumar_2000_at_yahoo.com)
Date: Tue Oct 19 1999 - 23:35:24 PDT

--- Mani Varadarajan <mani@be.com> wrote:
> 
> Dear Members,
> On the ninth day of Navaratri, known as Mahanavami,
> there> is also what is known is "Ayudha pUja". I
don't know> if it> is universally celebrated --
members are requested> to> clarify -- but on this day,
all animals, equipment,> etc.,> used in one's
profession are ceremonially prayed for> and > blessed.
> I ask others to elaborate on how they celebrate>
these
> festive days.


I don't know whether appropriate or not but on
ayudha-puja day I make it point to recite Desikan's
"shodashAyudha-stotram". This is beautiful stotra with
19 verses. Swami sang it praising Sudarshana-alwar
extolling 16 different "ayudhA-s". Each of them can be
symbolic of some tool or other we use in daily life or
work in our profession.

Nobody explained whether stotra is apprpriate for
ayudha pooja day but adiyen simply blindly following
this practice because I am thinking if Swami composed
on so many "ayudhA-s" then there must be some meaning
to it. So why not recite it on ayudha-pooja day?

Maybe someone knowledgeable like Sadagopan swami or
Anbil swami or Mani varadaraja swamin can clarify.

Sampathkumaran

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