"Of course we worship power. There has been power since the beginning. If the gods and goddesses had no power, then who would worship them? Why do people go to Jaykyan [a local god]? He has some power from Shivaji. That is why you and I accept him."
In Karimpur, the gods are powerful and thus are worshipped, as are wealthy human beings, and must be greeted respectfully. Power in forms other than money is also respected, and ultimately worshipped.
Susan S. Wadly, Struggling with Destiny in Karimpur, 1925-1984, Pp. 93