As a kid, Ayudha Puja was my favourite festival--and ditto for every single child of Kerala.
And they would all cry WOW!
So many books !! ( and then they would look at me as if I was THE genius )
Every body including adults cannot touch their tools on the 9th day ( Maha navami ) Ayudha puja
During incognito they are were not allowed to carry weapons. For the safety of the weapons they dug a hole under the shami tree and put all the weapons in. When they were back after one year, they were filled with joy to see all the weapons safe at the same place. They celebrated the occasion by worshipping the weapons.
In the rest of India, Goddess Durga ( destroyer of anarthas ) is worshipped on the first three days, Lakshmi ( goddess of wealth and prosperity ) on the last three days Saraswati ( goddess of learning and skill )
Let me visualise what all my wife kept in the puja room. A Saraswati picture on a white cloth, flowers, mango leaves, turmeric, kumkum, puffed and beaten rice, few seasonal fruits including plantains, conch, burning incense--etc . Our prasadam was Pradhaman payasam made of jaggery.
When my 16 year old son was told to break the puja and remove his
books, today early morning on Vijayadashimi day , to read a bit from
his books , I remember him whispering to my wife " Should I say
anything in plain language in my prayers ?".
Yes all this is part of our culture. We in Kerala -- nay-- India are proud of our rich culture.
Don't lose your ancient 11000 year old culture by identifying with the MTV trash.
CAPT AJIT VADAKAYIL