Why do we worship tools on Dussehra?

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The festival of Navratri comes to an end with Dussehra also called as Dasara or Vijaya Dashami. It is celebrated on 10th day of the bright half of the Hindu month of Ashwin. The day is considered auspicious to begin new ventures in any field.

Dussehra is celebrated to mark victory of good over evil. Across North India, Ram Leela is performed to show Lord Rama’s victory over Ravan. But another tradition associated with Dussehra is to worship tools, weapons, instruments, etc. as these are the articles used for progress of mankind.

We’ve all heard of stories of victory of good over evil associated with Dussehra, but there’s another legend associated with the festival from the Mahabharata. When Pandavas lost the game of dice, they were expelled by the Kauravas for a period of 12 years. They had to spend 12 years in the forest and there was a stipulation that they had to remain hidden during those years. If they were found, 12 more years would be added to their exile period. To ensure that they do not get exposed, they had to set aside their powerful weapons.  They hid their weapons in the ‘shami’ tree. Every year, they visited the tree and found their weapons intact and worshipped Goddess Durga and their weapons.

Several attempts were made by Kauravas to track the Pandavas to send them back to forest again. When Kauravas finally found them, but after the period of 12 years. Pandavas collected their weapons from the ‘shami’ tree and went to the battlefield to fight the Kauravas. Pandavas won the battle. All these events took place on the tenth day, thus Dussehra is also called as Vijaya Dashmi. Therefore, on this day, people worship tools and weapons that generate income for them. Vehicles, tools and machinery is decorated with flowers and worshipped on this day.