" SHASTRA PUJA "- 17 October 2018

 " SHASTRA PUJA "- 17 October 2018

Siddhivinayak Technical Campus, School of Engineering and research technology Shegaon run by Vasundhara Bahuudashiya Samajik Sanstha Khamgaon traditionally celebrated “Shastra Puja” it means “Worship of Instruments” on 17 October 2018.
In Maharashtra, the festival is celebrated as Ayudha Puja/Shastra Puja, Vijayadashami, Dasara and Saraswati Puja. All weapons, vehicles, agricultural equipment, machines and metal items are worshiped with leaves of the shami tree , marigold flowers and the 'dhaan' that is grown during 9 days of Navaratri. Marigold flowers have a special significance on Dasara day. Saraswati Puja is performed and books, musical instruments, etc. are worshiped alongside the goddess. People perform a ritual called Simollanghan, crossing boundary of the village and collect leaves of the apta tree. The leaves signify gold. People visit each other's homes in the evening and distribute the gold (leaves) as a mark of love and respect
The Shakti goddesses worshiped during the Ayudha puja are Saraswati (the Goddess of wisdom, arts and literature), Lakshmi (the goddess of wealth) and Parvati (the divine mother), apart from various types of equipment; it is on this occasion when weapons are worshipped by soldiers and tools are revered by artisans. The Puja is considered a meaningful custom, which focuses specific attention to one’s profession and its related tools and connotes that a divine force is working behind it to perform well and for getting the proper reward.
The tools and all implements of vocation are first cleaned, after which they are smeared with turmeric paste, Kumkum(vermillion). Then they are placed on an earmarked platform and decorated with flowers. They are all worshipped along with the images of Saraswati, Lakshmi and Parvat occasion.
On this occasion Dr. Anant G. Kulkarni (Principal STC, SERT) and Prof. Umesh T. Kute (Academic Dean STC, SERT) and various teaching and non-teaching staff of college was present.