Ayudha Puja or Astra Pooja is one of the main rituals observed during Durga Navratri. In 2022, Ayudha Puja date is October 5. Ayudha Puja is celebrated on Vijaya Dashami in Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Tamilnadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
In Kerala Ayudha Puja is performed on Mahanavami day (4 October 2022). In some other places, Ayudha Puja is also celebrated on Durga Ashtami, 3 October 2022.
Ayudha Puja means the worship of weapons. After annihilating the demon Mahishasur, Goddess Durgas weapons were of no use. The weapons were kept aside and worshipped on Vijaya Dashami by all the Gods and Rishis. Asthra is the synonym for Ayudha, hence the puja is also called as Asthra Pooja.
On Ayudha Puja day, Hindus worship the tools or instruments that yield bread and butter for their families. Mechanics, technicians, electricians and labours who are involved in laborious and industrial work perform Ayudha Pooja. In rural areas of Kerala, Ayudha Pooja is observed with utmost dedication. Some traditional Malayali folk art forms and martial art forms are very popular in this place.
It is to be noted that Vishwakarma puja is also very similar to Ayudha Puja. In 2022, Vishwakarma pooja was on September 17.
Panchang, 5 October 2022
Suryodayam (Sunrise) : 06:03 AM
Suryastama (Sunset) : 05:54 PM
Chandrodayam (Moonrise) : 03:05 PM
Chandrastama (Moonset) : 02:16 AM, Oct 06
Tithi : Dashami upto 12:00 PMEkadashi
Nakshatra : Shravana upto 09:15 PMDhanishtha
Karana : Garaja upto 12:00 PMVanija upto 10:50 PMVishti
Yoga : Sukarma upto 08:21 AMDhriti upto 05:19 AM, Oct 06Shula
Weekday : Budhawara
Paksha : Shukla Paksha
Shaka Samvatsaram : 1944 Shubhakrutha
Chandramasa : Ashwina – Purnimanta; Ashwina – Amanta
Vikram Samvat : 2079 Rakshasa
Gujarati Samvat : 2078 Pramadi
Abhijit Muhurat : None
Amrita Kalam : 11:33 AM to 01:02 PM
Time to avoid:
Rahu Kalam : 11:58 AM to 01:27 PM
Yamaganda : 07:32 AM to 09:01 AM
Gulikai Kalam : 10:30 AM to 11:58 AM
Dur Muhurtam : 11:35 AM to 12:22 PM
Varjyam : 01:00 AM, Oct 06 to 02:29 AM, Oct 06