Mangaluru: Team NK celebrated Ayudha Pooja at its offices in the Abhiman Chambers today, with simplicity and gaiety. It was organized by the team, for the team and indeed was, of the team. The Pooja was conducted by Likhith Shenoy, member of team NK, who acted as the Purohit. Neighbours, well wishers and others joined the team, though many invitees had their own commitments on this festive day.
The offices were decorated for the occasion and there was a festive atmosphere all around. Office vehicles and staff vehicles were blessed on the occasion.
It was an occasion for all the team members to get together, which due to the nature of the job itself, is generally rare. On the occasion, CEO Brian Fernandes took the opportunity to thank the team for their support and hard work in making NewsKarnataka.com and NewsKannada.com the preferred sites for Kannadigas all over the world, eager for news of their home state. He told the gathering, “Your Company Spearhead Media Pvt. Ltd. has tied up with Santosh Goenka, of the Better India Foundation, a well known figure in media circles, to take it to the next level, and the results of this Mahagatbandhan will be seen in the coming days.”
Director Canute Pinto observed, “It is lovely to be a part of this festivity. The symbolism, the renewal of faith in the instruments of work after invoking the blessings of the Almighty on them, is something that I cherish and I am sure will bring us success in whatever we undertake.”
Likhith Shenoy, Purohit for the day, said that it was a pleasure to perform the Pooja at the Company’s premises. He too expressed confidence that the blessings will manifest themselves in the success of the Organization in the coming days.
All the team members participated in the ceremonies with verve and vigor making it a grand success. Most of all, they enjoyed themselves.
About Ayudha Puja
Ayudha Puja has a mythological background. The Pandavas, who were in exile for 14 years, had to remain unnoticed by any of the Kauravas for the last year of their exile. In this period, the Pandavas hid their weapons behind the Banni Tree, also known as Shami tree. At the close of their exile, they took their weapons back with them. It is for this reason that the “Shami Vraksha” (Shami Tree), in Hindu mythology, is believed to be sacred for warriors. It is believed that warriors prayed to this tree before entering into battle.
Even today, as a mark of respect and devotion, the Wadiyars of Mysuru follow the tradition of offering prayers at the Banni Mantap, which is the conclusion point of the internationally acclaimed “Jambu Savari” (where Goddess Chamundeshwari idol is seated in a golden palanquin over the hunch of an elephant and is taken for a ride). This is observed on an auspicious day, Vijayadashami (the tenth and final day of celebration in Navaratri), which symbolizes the mark of victory achieved by the warriors. Mythologically, it was on this day that Goddess Chamundeshwari defeated and put an end to the demon king, Mahishasura.
On the day of the Ayudha Pooja, the Mysuru Maharaja offers pooja for all the weapons and vehicles, and on the tenth day, he offers pooja to the Banni tree and takes its branches back to his palace for good fortune.