As per the advice that most Gurus give, it's not beneficial to worship multiple deities for any particular individual. One must only worship his/her Ishta Devata and stick with it's worship only (without of course having any ill feelings towards other deities). Temples have multiple deities for other reasons but even then the presiding deity (or the Pradhana ...
The purpose of worshiping multiple Gods is because of multiple desires fulfillment. For example worship of Indra is done in order to please him for rain. Worship of Kuber is done for the wealth etc. But one must stick to Supreme God or Parmatma in order to God realization.
Swami Muktananda commentary on Bhagwat Gita Chapter 9 verse 25 clarifies this doubt:
I dont know what exactly you want as a answer. Worshiping women have different aims, perspectives, purposes in different upasana or whatever you need to call them.
For e.g. the kulavarna tantra gives a lot of importance to kumari puja. There are many other vidhis and pujas which cannot be performed without a women as a kumari or sister or a wife. The ...
From the Narayani tantram as found in Sarvollāsatantram, 37-th Ulhassa:
स्ववामे प्रणमेद्विष्णुं दक्षिणे गौरीशङ्करम् ।
गुरुं नमेत् सम्मुखतो नान्यथा निष्फलं भवेत्॥ १९ ॥
Perform the Namaskarm from your left to the Vishnu; from the right to Gauri and Shiva. From the front to a Guru, otherwise the Namaskar becomes fruit-less.
So as per this ...
The answer to this question becomes more of an open-ended opinion-based discussion rather than one with a definitive & authoritative answer .
So brace up for a long answer.:))
As it is with the Sanātana Dharma aka Hinduism, there's no singular monolithic directive authority, since it being more of a loose conglomerate of various Schools of Thought and ...
Anyone can worship Salagrama.
Anyone who has attained mantra diksa initiation properly and is worshiping Salagram Sila, whatever he offers to Salagram Sila, he
achieves the abode of Lord Visnu. Of this, there is no doubt. I
personally say this. (Hari Bhakta Vilasa 5.374 from Padma Purana)
Those people who are the lowest of mankind and who are controlled
This is a partial answer for Q2:
From the Sarvollāsatantram of Shri Sarvānandanātha,
आब्रह्मस्तम्बपर्यन्त॑ कल्पन यन्त्रमात्रकम् ।
तब स्नेहेन वक्तव्यं विशेषस्थ विशेषकम् ॥
अथ विशेषयन्त्राख्याक थनमू--
शालग्रामे मनौ यन्त्रे प्रतिमायां घटे जले।
पुस्तिकायाञ्ञ गड़ायां शिवलिड़े प्रसूनके ॥
We imagin yantra from Bhramha to grass, O devi, for you I say it: ...
It depends on what you actually mean to do when you say "offer to Kali".
Before performing a formal worship, following the methods laid down in scriptures, accompanied with the use of Mantras, Yantras, Mudras etc., one is definitely required to get initiated into the procedure.
Ramakrishna Paramhamsa was an Upanita (one who is invested with sacred ...
I checked the verse given in the question. It has nothing to do with idol worship.
andham tamah pravisanti yesambhutim upasate tato bhuya iva te tamo ya
Into blinding darkness enter those who worhip the unmanifest and into
still greater darkness, as it were, those who delight in the manifest.
Isa Upanishad 12
asambhuti: the unmanifest, ...
There is a Mahabharata passage that suggests that doing some kind of spiritual practice like repeating the Gayatri mantra would be helpful.
Markandeya answered, ‘There are three kinds of purity, viz., purity in
speech, purity in deed, and purity achieved by use of water. He that
has recourse to these three kinds of purity, attains, without doubt,
to heaven. ...
From the Picchi tantra as found in Sarvollāsatantram 12th Ullhasa:
गुराराज्ञां समादाय शुद्धान्त:करणो नर:।
स्वेष्टदेवं स्तुवन् भाव्यमन्यदेवं न पूजयेत् ॥ १० ॥
According to Picchi Tantra, a Sadhaka with pure Conscience, must worship his Ishta following the order of his Guru. Never Worship any other God.
However it also says:
As per the article the-coming-of-hastamalaka from official site of Sringeri mutt, Shankaracharya established 4 mutt(associated with 4 dhams Badrinath, Dwarka, Puri and Sringeri) in four directions in order to spread the spiritual wisdom and peace for all the seekers. Therefore as per this we can make out that people do this chardham yatra for addhyatmic(...
Mother Sita is a form of Lakshmi Devi. However, Mother Draupadi is a form of Sachi Devi. Please see the reference from Sripada Srivallabha Charitamrutam below (Page 87 of the English version):
The cursed Devendra was born as five ‘Pandavas’. Though there were five forms and five
minds, the atma which was the support of them all was one. This was a strange ...