The breadwinner’s worship
On the ninth day of the Navratri festival, to celebrate
goddess Durga, a ceremony called Shastra Pooja (shastra:
weapons, pooja: worship) is held.
It began as the worship of Durga’s weapons, in which, it was
believed, her energy rested.
It evolved into individuals in the production and
manufacturing sector, worshipping the tools they use to earn
Once the ritual purification is complete, the tools are not
touched through the day. Work continues with them only the