#100DaysOfBlogging Day 18
Every festival brings its own traditions and customs. On this day of Navaratri, we do puja for all machines and instruments that help earn livelihood. I wasn’t aware of the reason for Ayudha pooja day until very recently.
At office, the puja is done for the computers, for vehicles, for the accounts cash boxes and so on. After the puja, we get some sweets and puffed rice with jaggery mixed in it. This is the prasadam. At home, puja is mainly done for the vehicles. After the puja is done, the vehicle is taken out for a ride immediately.
When I was younger, it was my responsibility to clean my bicycle, get it ready for the puja, and afterward, ride it over half a lemon and ride the bicycle once around the neighborhood. It used to be done on Ayudha pooja without fail. With time, these have changed. While some of my family still do it punctually, others do it on one of the days of Navratri when they have an off from office.
Traditions can be followed at one’s convenience, of course. But I wonder if festivals are slowly becoming just a formality.
(© Vinay Leo R. @ I Rhyme Without Reason, 10th October 2016)