Celebrated by different names in different states of South India. In Tamil Nadu, it is celebrated with the same enthusiasm in any other part of the country, with the rituals varying a little in tradition. Ayudha Pooja is celebrated on the Navami (ninth day) of the ‘Valar pirai’ (Moon’s brightening 15 days of the cycle) which usually falls in the month of September or October.
Ayudha Pooja is a day of ‘Worship of tools’. Right from the weapons used by soldiers to tools used by artists, mechanics, plumbers, welders, children’s implements like pen and pencil, tool worship is performed on this day. It is a gesture symbolizing work as worship. It can also be seen as invoking God to be a part of their implements and guide them throughout their profession. The celebration is also a form of thanksgiving to god for the wellness being bestowed upon their business. The celebration honors all three supreme goddesses of Hindu mythology- Goddess Saraswati (goddess of wisdom), goddess Lakshmi (goddess of wealth) and goddess Parvathi (goddess of power).