Ayudha Puja is one of the popular festivals in India. It is mainly celebrated in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Huge fanfare and enjoyment takes place during the festival and hundreds of people take part in the celebrations. The Ayudha Puja is a festival which is held as a mark of respect to Ram and Sita.
The main part of Ayudha Puja is mostly based in and around Ayodha. As per the mythology Ayudha or Ayodha is the birthplace of Lord Rama. The main significance of the Puja lies in the victory of good over evil. It also has a deep social significance on the people of Uttar Pradesh and also of North India.
Ayudha Puja in Uttar Pradesh is held every year in the month of October. The festival is celebrated with immense fun, frolic and merry-making. Mostly the event coincides with the 9th day of the Navaratri festival.
On the day of Ayudha Puja, people and devotees visit the temples of Ram and Sita and pay homage to the deities. The people worship their weapons of this day as it signifies the victory of good over evil. In the present times, devotees worship their automobiles we well. Weapon worship is a regular feature of temple rites in Uttar Pradesh. Some people even worship their cooking utensils, carpentry tools and other daily items.
Ayudha Puja is celebrated in almost all parts of Uttar Pradesh. People wear new clothes and distribute sweets among friends, family members and relatives. People also exchange greetings among themselves. Men and women irrespective of age decorate themselves with colored clothes and traditional jewelry. They also take part in a wide range of traditional dance and music events.