The 9th day (Saraswathi Pooja) is also celebrated as 'Ayudha
pooja' (ஆயுதபூஜை). Tools are placed in the pooja - as part of ‘Ayudha
Even vehicles are washed and decorated, and pooja-s are performed for them.
The 10th day – ‘Vijayadasami’ - is the most auspicious day of
all. It was the day on which evil was finally destroyed by good. Children are initiated into learning (வித்யாரம்பம், Vidhya-arambham)
The Nava-rathri (நவராத்திரி) celebrations in Pudukkottai are not different
from other parts of Tamilnadu. Though the ‘Golu’ (கொலு) and visiting friend’s
and relative’s houses are an integral part of it, the celebration of ‘Ayudha
pooja’ is more prominent these days. The commercial establishments celebrate this event
more fervently. Shops and vehicles are washed and decorated, and special pooja-s
are performed on this day.