The Calcutta High Court on Friday announced its verdict on the Shastra puja (weapons worship) and said that no permission from the court or the administration if the puja is carried out a place of worship. The order came in response to a petition filed by Joydeb Talodhi, associated with VHP.

The High Court order will surely boost the morale of right-wing organisations like Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) who had plans to organise shastra puja widely in Bengal on the occasion of ‘Vijaydashmi’.

“This is a victory for the Hindus. We have no plan to organise processions with weapons, but worshipping weapons is integral part of Durga puja and the court has clarified that worship of weapon at places of worship does not require permission from anyone,” said Sachindranath Singha of VHP.

The court order however does not allow processions with weapons as it was seen on the streets in different parts of Bengal during Ram Navami and Hanuman Jayanti.