It is said that the below quote confirms that one has to worship the image – also see a link to the question Is there anywhere in the scriptures where it say we should worship God through an Idol?

Gita 9.26: Whoever makes an offering to Me with devotion, be it of leaf, flower, fruit or water - that devout offering made by a pure-hearted man, I accept with joy.

I'm not sure that the above confirms worship via image/idol, but if we accept this.

Question – can ONE passage from all the books be sufficient for it to be accepted that images can be worshipped or worshiped via images/idols?

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    The quote that you have given is in Gita 9.26 and not in Shiva Purana. Commented May 17, 2022 at 3:43
  • The worshiper visualizes the Formless Devi Parama ShivA in Form and adores Her in the linga, sign-symbol, altar, Fire, Water, winnowing fan, wall, image/idol , Mandala (diagram), plank, in the head or in the heart. These ten places are known to be the different places of worship. --- the above verses quoted in the answer (hinduism.stackexchange.com/a/38789/4732) show that scriptures permit deity worship in various Adharas (object of worship) like image, idol, Yantra etc.
    – Rickross
    Commented May 17, 2022 at 6:40

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There are many passages in Hindu scripture that praise murti puja.

Henceforth, I shall mention the benefit accruing from the installation of the idol entirely, for the welfare of the world. The idol may be in accordance with one’s own wish.

Linga Purana I.76.1

Image worship and love of humans

I abide in all beings as their inner-most soul. Disregarding My presence within them, men make a show of worshiping Me through images. If one disregards Me present in all as their soul and Lord but ignorantly offers worship only to images, such worship is as ineffective as a sacrificial offering made in ashes. A man who persecutes Me residing in others, who is proud and haughty, who looks upon God as the other – such a person will never attain to peace of mind. If a man disregards and persecutes fellow beings, but worships Me in images with numerous rituals and rich offerings, I am not at all pleased with him for proffering such worship. A man should, however, worship Me in images, side by side with discharging his duties, which include the love of all beings, until he actually realises My presence in in himself and in all beings. As long as man is self-centred and makes an absolute distinction between himself and others (without recognising the unity of all in Me, the Inner Pervader), he will be subject to the great fear of Death (including every form of deprivation of self-interest). So, overcoming the separateness of a self-centred life, one should serve all beings with gifts, honour and love, recognising that such service is really being rendered to Me who reside in all beings as their innermost soul.

Srimad Bhagavata Purana III.29.21-27

Till the realisation of perfect knowledge a man should continue the ritualistic worship of Shiva. In order to convince the world, the rituals must be continued.

Just as the sun is reflected in many vessels, in the same manner, O devas, know that the supreme Brahman, Shiva, assumes the form of whatever is seen or heard in the world real or unreal. There is difference in vessels but not in the water they contain.

This is what those who know the real meaning of the Vedas say. "Lord Shiva is within the heart of beings in this world." Of what avail are images to those who have the real knowledge?

Having an image is very auspicious for a person who has no such knowledge. It is a ladder that enables him to climb to a higher position.

It is very difficult to climb to a position without a support. The image is only a means to achieve the Nirguna Shiva.

The attainment of the Nirguna through a Saguna is certainly possible. In this manner, the symbols of all lords are conductive to steady faith and belief.

This lord is very great and this is the mode of worship of that lord. If there is no image, of what avail are scents, sandal paste, flowers etc?

Till the realisation of true knowledge, the image shall necessarily be worshipped. If any one does not worship the image before he attains perfect knowledge, his downfall is sure.

Shiva Purana, Rudra Samhita, Section I, Creation, Chapter 12

In every figure he hath been the mode; this is his only form for us to look on. Indra moves multiform by his illusions; for his Bay Steeds are yoked, ten times a hundred.

Rig Veda VI.47.18

Basic elements of Murti or Pratima Puja is there in the Rig Veda itself. The idea that a Devata can enter every figure and has many forms allows one to do Murti puja.

  • Thank you, if I have miss quoted in the question can you correct/edit he question - as that is what I thought you mentioned in the other question in the link. is there any more passages you can quote. Commented May 17, 2022 at 8:58

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