No doubt, God is formless Paramatma in its highest form, but worship of formless for a common jiva is very difficult. Even the minds of some of the advanced yogis engrossed in Tapas of Brahman like Vishvamitra were distracted by Apsaras or riches of heavens, while several like Buddha, sage Narayana etc., were put to test by nature and Indra, what to expect ...
The question is:
As per my understanding Advait vedanta doesn't accept a the notion of
personal God/Godess. Then why didn't Shankara eliminate the idol
Good question indeed. How can an Advaiti promote idol worship?
Many scholars fixed and adopted the 788 A.D as Sri Sankara's year of birth and some others put it at 509 BCE. He met his ...
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.