Some devotees were seen offering prayers to their newly-bought vehicles as part of Ayudha Puja celebrations in Bengaluru's Sri Prasanna Ganapathi Temple. The vehicle owners and drivers decorated their vehicles with flowers and banana plants and offered prayers.
Ayudha Puja is one of the most significant aspects of Navratri. Also known as the 'Accident Ganesha temple', people believe that if they do not perform a Puja here their vehicle will meet with an accident.
Speaking to ANI, a local named Anita said, "We bought a new vehicle last week and I have come here to perform Puja for it."
"And we have specially come to this temple. After this, now we will go to other temples for this Puja. My whole family prays at this temple is believed to protect people and vehicles from accidents."
The 'Accident Ganesha' or 'Vehicle Ganesha' temple is almost 600 years old. It was frequently visited by hunters before their trips. Animals used in the circus were also brought here so that they didn’t create problems during the performance. In order to attend to every vehicle that comes in seeking blessings, the temple timings are extended every Friday and on the day of Ayudha Puja, since they are considered to be auspicious for vehicles.
Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on Sunday extended Ayudha Puja and Vijayadasami greetings to the people. Ayudha Puja means that every implement that you use, whether it is in industry, agriculture or anything else, you approach it respectfully.
As per reports, The Governor said "Ayudha Puja being celebrated on Monday marks the triumph of the forces of good over evil. The concept of Durga as the protector of the human race is embodied in the celebrations of Navarathri, on which day we narrate hymns on her victory over the evil forces."
Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam leader TTV Dhinakaran also extended his greetings on the occasion.
(With Inputs from ANI)