Saturday, October 16, 2010

Ayudha Pooja

Ayudha (materials of trade and vehicles) Pooja is a festival that is celebrated all over Tamil Nadu in India. During this festival, mainly, the materials and places that are used to conduct a business and vehicles are given a good cleaning and a special pooja (worship) is performed for these items so that they may bring prosperity to the owner. The markets at this time are usually busy with people purchasing the material required to perform the pooja.
Here are some scenes from a market in Mylapore, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.







Here are pictures of a pooja being performed for two vehicles and the tray with a flame in it. The flame is believed to drive away evil spirits and prevent any accidents happening to the vehicle.