MANGALURU, INDIA, October 4, 2022 (Mangalorean): Ayudha Puja was observed and celebrated by Mangaluru Police Commissionerate as part of the Navratri festival at the Police HQ Office and Armory Department here on Tuesday, 4 October 2022. On the auspicious occasion of Ayudha Pooja, police officials offered puja to the rifles and other armaments and vehicles. On this day, vehicles were cleaned and decorated, tools and implements were cleaned and set in a particular place and decorated with flowers and prayers were offered for the safety of the humans using them. Police Commissioner N Shashi Kumar, DK Superintendent of Police Sonawane Rishikesh Bhagawan IPS, among others who joined in the puja and celebrations, extended wishes to police officials and people on the occasion of Dasara and stated that the Vijayadashami festival symbolized the victory of good over evil.

The Ayudha Puja is a worship of whatever implements one may use in one’s livelihood. On a preceding evening, it is traditional to place these implements on a podium, offering them to the Deities. If one can make a conscious effort to see the divine in the tools and objects one uses each day, it will help one to see one’s work as an offering to God. It will also help one to maintain constant remembrance of the Divine. In India, it is customary for one to prostrate the tools one will use before starting one’s work each day; this is an expression of gratitude to God for helping one to fulfill one’s duties.

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