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Saturday, October 20, 2007

Dasara- Navarathiri- Poojas

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In Hindu Mythology God is in the form of Trinity of Brahma, the God of Creation or Birth, Vishnu the God of Protection or Life, and Shiva, the God for Destruction or Death. Their female counterparts are Saraswathi, the Goddess of Knowledge, Lakshmi the Goddess of Wealth and Parvathi the Goddess of Courage. The Gods and Goddesses are the first self revelation of the Absolute, the male being the personification of passive aspect of the female, the activating energy.
Dasara is celebrated allover India as a religious as well as a social festival which is an occasion for poojas and festivities like music, dance and cultural programmes.In TamilNadu, Dasara is celebrated as Navarathiri. Married ladies pray to the Goddess for the well being of the family and children by performing poojas and reciting Lalitha Sahasranamam. Community prayers are conducted at various temples and at other places of worship. Poojas are performed for the well being of the community and for the nation.The last 3 days of Navarathiri is a period of frenzied poojas.
In commercial organizations, business houses, shops and establishments the eighth or ninth day is celebrated as Ayudha Pooja . The work place and the all the machines, equipments, tools etc. that are used in the organization are cleaned and smeared with sandalwood paste,Sandanam and vermilion, KumKum and adorned with flowers.The accounts books, other important documents are brought and kept in the pooja place.
On the eighth day prayers are offered to Goddess Saraswathi, the Goddess of Knowledge
seeking wisdom for Learning. Books of children and youngsters as well as musical instruments are placed before the Goddess on that day and poojas performed. Hindus believe that the Goddess resides in books, in all forms of reading and learning materials as also in musical instruments. Saraswathi is said to be a lover of music. The placing of these items in worship is therefore a sign of respect to those forms that impart knowledge.
On Saraswathi Pooja day, children are taught their first alphabet and some are admitted to school on this day to commence their formal education, formal training in music, dance and other art forms. Navarathiri is also celebrated as a cultural and social festival.
In Tamilnadu, Navarathiri is celebrated by having Golus, visiting friends and relatives or organising cultural bonanzas. A number of cultural organisations conduct competitions for children and women in the field of music, dance, cookery, floral drawings/kolas and so on.
On the full moon night following Dusshera or Durga Pooja, Hindus worship Goddess Lakshmi ceremonially at home and pray for her blessings inviting neighbors to attend the pooja. It is believed that on this full moon night the Goddess herself visits the homes and replenishes the inhabitants with wealth.

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