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Don't believe blindly what you see on internet. Hinduism or सनातन धर्म (Sanātana Dharma) can't be false as name itself says it is eternal and has "Dharma" in it. Hinduism is confusing for some people because they don't read scriptures in Sanskrit or in other language with proper interpretations of Guru or Acharyas. To understand Hinduism properly, first you ...


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The verse you are referring to is as below: andhaṁ tamaḥ praviśanti ye 'sambhūtim upāsate tato bhūya iva te tamo ya u sambhūtyām ratāḥ This is present in the Isha Upanishad or the Shukla Yajur Veda chapter forty. But to say that this verse prohibits idol worship would be incorrect. All that it says is, those who worship only the asambhuta (which has ...


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dve vāva brahmaṇo rūpe, mūrtaṃ caivāmūrtaṃ ca [Brh. Up - 2.3.1] God (Brahman) has two modes, formless (nirakara) as well as form (sakar). So when God has two forms, it is just obvious that there will be two different ways to worship Him. Those who worship the formless Brahman, require no image and idol. But worshiping the formless Brahman is difficult for ...


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From the Vaishnava perspective: Taken as the summary of Srimad-Bhagavatam, Canto 11, Chapter 27. Click here for the specific verses. Worshiping the Deity form of the Supreme Lord automatically brings purity and satisfaction to the mind. Thus it is the source of all desirable gains. If a person has no engagement in Deity service he will simply remain ...


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Before the Kali Yuga, idols were few and far between, because the Archa form of gods hadn't really been established yet. Still, there are many idols that date back to the periods of the Ramayana and Mahabharata. But there are other idols even older than those. Here are three contenders for the oldest idol: As I discuss in this answer, the Shiva Purana ...


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The primary sect of Hinduism which rejects idol worship is the reformist sect Arya Samaj, founded by Swami Dayananda Saraswati. Dayananda presents several arguments against idol worship in his book The Satyarth Prakash (The Light of Truth), but here are two of them: 1) He argues that it insults the omnipresence of God to worship him in a localized form, ...


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Murthi Puja became a subject of intense debate in 19th century Bengal mainly due to Christian missionary propaganda. Even educated Bengali Hindus began opposing murthi Puja. I am posting below a conversation between M and Sri Ramakrishna where M asks Sri Ramakrishna about murthi puja. M:"Sir, suppose one believes in God with form. Certainly, He is not ...


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Some of the oldest have been found at three archaeological sites called Mohenjo-Daro, Harappa, and Chanhu-Daro (about 2-3,000 B.C.). Items found are mostly of stone, a little of metal. Anything made of anything else (like wood) decayed long ago. Some of the items included a phallus, indicative of Shiva worship; a goddess with a lotus in her hair, probably ...


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Adi Shankaracharya came down to uplift humankind through different ways and one such way is idol worship. Unlike the yogic/tantric/karma paths, one can enjoy the fruits of this idol worship soon. For a layman, to worship God who is; formless, nameless, and without any predominant character is very difficult. So, noble forms of Almighty with various names ...


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Idol worshiping is not prohibited in Vedas, but considered as least kind of worshiping. Preference is given to Manasika Pooja which means a person who wish to worship any god, need to assume god's image in his mind and concentrate on that god and worship in his mind Manasika. This method is possible to only those who have a lot of meditation practice, and ...


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One I know of is the followers of Arya Samaj. They don't do such because they do not believe God takes incarnations and hence has any form. They believe God is formless, hence He cannot have any pictures, idols, etc. So they perform fire rituals instead. Refernce: Arya Samaj Website


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This is one of the most hot topics by anti Hindus, especially on the internet, to cause disturbances in the mind of simple Hindus unaware of scriptural complexities. First two answers, one by Mr.Javahar and other by Mr. Bharadwaj are giving some clues to this, so I refrain myself including those answers. Third answer is in fact a typical question that anti ...


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No, it is not true. There are plenty of references in the religious texts regarding worshiping God through idols and images.For example, in this chapter of the Bhagavata Mahapuran Shri Krishna speaks about idol worship in brief: The Deity form of the Lord is said to appear in eight varieties — stone, wood, metal, earth, paint, sand, the mind or jewels. [...


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There is nothing like not favourite item to the Lord. Every item is a favourite to Him. The most important thing the Lord sees in us is devotion while accepting an offering. In Bhagavad Gita, He says this explicitly. पत्रं पुष्पं फलं तोयं यो मे भक्त्या प्रयच्छति | तद्-अहं भक्त्य्-उपहृतम्-अश्नामि प्रयतात्मनः || ९.२६ || patraṃ puṣpaṃ phalaṃ toyaṃ ...


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It is not required that some one must see a God first before drawing his image. When, Gods are essentially formless, how they will look, when they assume a form, are mentioned in the Dhyana Shlokas (meditative verses) of that particular deity. Dhyana Shloka is chanted , that's why, at the very beginning of a Puja. Such Dhyana Shlokas are found in many ...


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No, Tirupati Venkateshwara doesn't have real hair. These are only rumours spreading over the internet. Former chief priest of Tirumala, Ramana Deekshitulu confirmed that there is no real hair. Lord Venkateshwara has hair but which are a part of stone idol. Below is his interview given in which he has busted a few rumours. https://youtu.be/h-FkkDtiCI4 ...


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Your question shows your confusion and not that Hinduism is a confused and corrupt religion. While I did not like the tone of your question (fake Hinduism), I decided to answer to clear your confusion. I am posting couple of passages about the nature of God as explained by Sri Ramakrishna. No one can say with finality that God is only 'this' and nothing ...


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It is Istha Kameswari Devi having four hands, in two hands having lotus flower and in other two hands one have shiva linga and other one have japa Mala. It is a form of devi Parvati. The very special thing is when you apply kumkum on the forehead of the Idol of the goddess you will feel like touching human skin in fact the Idol is of stone. It is located ...


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Lord Vishnu loves food items that are yellow in colour. Yellow lentils,jaggery, yellow ladoo are considered the favourite foods of Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu likes amla gooseberries too. Devotees offer him yellow lentils mixed with jaggery in order to please him. Even yellow laddoos are commonly offered to Vishnu. Source: https://www.newsgram.com/guide-...


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Why didn't Shankara eliminate the idol worship? How could he? He was not just any scholar biased by his own views and prejudiced to others, he was a true knower of the Vedas and scriptures. From answers like this you can know that scriptures support both sakara(with-form) and nirakara (formless) Brahman. Adi Sankarachrya only preached one aspect of the ...


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It is a western academic view that the classical Upanishads do not support Bhakti marga and thus these Upanishads do not play any role in the life of most Hindus who live according to the Puranas. The Vedanta tradition does not accept this view. Mental activities relating to the Saguna Brahman - such as are described in the Shandilya Vidya are upasanas ...


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Swami Vivekananda writes (Complete Works, Vol 4, pp 334-6 and available here under the heading Writings: Prose, sub-heading Reply to the Madras Address - http://cwsv.belurmath.org/volume_4/vol_4_frame.htm): If one be asked to point out the system of thought towards which as a centre all the ancient and modern Indian thoughts have converged, if one wants ...


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Kubera (or Kuvera), the God of the riches, has three legs and eight teeth. As already descirbed in Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary, 1899: kubera m. or in later Sanskṛt kuvera (originally) N. of a chief of the evil beings or spirits or darkness having the N. Vaiśravaṇa, AV. viii, 10, 28 ; ŚBr. &c.; (afterwards) the god of riches and ...


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My question is, What is difference between Worshiping God and Idol? There is no difference at all. Worshiping God in an idol is one of the many methods of worshiping him. There are many methods of worshiping God, with worshiping in idols just being one among them Agnou Tishtathi ViprAnam Hrudi Devo ManishinAm | PratimAswapravuddhAnAm Sarvatra ...


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This answer is for Shiva Lingas and Shaiva temples. It is allowed to touch Shiva Lingas in temples and mostly it depends on Sthala Puranas. For example, in Shiva Mahapurana Lord Shiva says by touching Agni Linga at Arunachala (Tiruvannamalai) one will become free from Samsara. In Chapter 9, Vidyeswara Samhita of Shiva Mahapurana, Lord Shiva says: (...


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Puri Jaganatha Kshetram is known as Purushottama Kshetra. Its mentions are found in many puranas. Skanda Purana being the longest Purana has references to many Kshetras. It has story of Jagannath too. From Purushottama Kshetra Mahatmya of Vaishnava Khanda of the Skanda Purana has a lot of information about it. The story present in the Skanda Purana is ...


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It is described in this excerpt from the Yatiraja Vaibhavam, the oldest biography of Ramanujacharya composed by Ramanujacharya's shishya Vaduga Nambi: Narayana appeared in the dream of Yatiraja and said to him, "I am here in the Yadava hill [Melkote] beneath the ground. Install me and take the white mud." Thereupon Yatiraja, who became highly ...


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You can touch and hug the main idol in many temples in North India. Two examples of which are: Vittal Temple, Pandharpur Here people are allowed to touch the main idol of Vithoba. Infact due to thousands of people constantly touching his feet, the feet has weathered away and you can't see the feet, but just the ankle. The idol is on a base of about 5 feet....


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In Patanjali Yoga-Sutras the word Dharana is used to denote mindfulness or chitt ekagrata as desired by you - Mindedness with proper practice and Idol Worship Patanjali is defining this phenomena as. देशबन्धः चित्तस्य धारणा ॥1॥ deśa-bandhaḥ cittasya dhāraṇā || Yoga Sutras 3.1 || Concentration (dharana) is holding the mind within a center of ...


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