The Navarthri is celebrated
all over India. In some places it is called Dussehra,
in some other places `Kalipuja'
or `Saraswathi Puja'
and in still others, `Ayudha
Puja'. It is because of the Divine Mother is
worshipped in her different manifestations namely
Durga, Saraswathi, Kali, etc. The Puja in connection
with Navarathri is known as Bhuvaneswari
puja that means, the worship of `Universal
The festival is celebrated during September-October.
The last three days of the Navarathri are called Durgashtami,
Mahanavami and Vijayadasami, and they are considered
more sacred than the other days for Devi worship.
During these days, Saraswathi puja and Ayudha Puja
are performed. The Goddess Saraswathi
is worshipped as the Goddess of Learning, the deity
of Gayathri, the fountain of fine arts and science,
and the symbol of supreme vedantic knowledge. The
importance of Ayudha Puja (the worship of implements)
on this occasion may be due to the fact that on the
Vijayadasami day, Arjuna
took back his weapons, which he had hidden in a Vani
tree in order to lead a life in disguise for the promised
period of exile. It is believed that one who begins
or renovates his learning to work on the Vijayadasami
day will secure a grand success as Arjuna did in Kurukshetra