Idol Worship

Thoughts of Sho

Hinduism approves idol or murti worship as a legitimate practice. The scriptures sanction it. The epics and the Puranas are replete with instances of the practice. According to them even gods and demons practice it to impress the higher gods and obtain boons from them..


In the epic Ramayana both Rama and Ravana worshipped the images and symbols of Shiva.

In the epic Mahabharata, Arjuna worshipped Shiva to obtain the might Pasutpatha weapon. Ekalavya worshipped the image of his guru Dronacharya.

In the Bhagavad-Gita, Lord Krishna cautions people about worshipping the unmanifested Brahman.  He also gives the assurance that in whatever form and manner people approach him, he will accordingly reciprocate.

The Tantras contain numerous conversations between Shiva and Parvathi about how to ritually worship the various forms and names of Shiva and Shakti for self-purification and liberation.

Thus, Hinduism does not disparage idol worship. Besides, it is also in…

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