Idol (Deity) Worship-Most Dharmis do Murthy puja; but there are some who say that it is wrong. There are plenty of pseudo intellectuals (some of them are from non-Vedic religions and some are so called ‘Hindus’), who claim that there was no idol worship in the past. They say that it was created for business. Is it true? So is worshiping a lifeless form of Idol wrong? Or is it just Hindus pray to a symbol in the form of deities?
“You cannot concentrate on nothing as there is nothing called as nothing”- Ramana Maharishi.
The Vedic literature clearly prescribes Idol Worship.
In Srimad Bhagavatam 7.14.28 Srila Narada Muni explains to Yudhistira:
bimbam bhagavato yatra
sarvam etac caracaram
yatra ha brahmana-kulam
The Supreme Personality of Godhead is the support of this entire cosmic manifestation, with all its moving and non moving living entities, and the temple where the Deity of the Lord is installed is a most sacred place. Furthermore, places where learned brahmanas observe Vedic principles by means of austerity, education and mercy are also most auspicious and sacred. The worshiping of Deity in temples are always part of Dharmic tradition.
The recent archeological investigations have shown discovery of idols of Lord Ganesh, Lord Shiva’s Linga, Lord Vishnu, Lord Brahma, Lord Hanuman, Goddess Laxmi, Goddess Durga and Saraswati not only in India and Indus areas, but worldwide in Australia, Europe, America, Russia, Slavia, China, Japan, Indonesia, Burma and so on.
Gopala Tapani Upanishad describes Lord Krishna just like the way we worship Him in the Idol. Vedas says God is perceived also as Brahma Jyoti. This light is the radiance from the spiritual body of the Lord. Just like sunlight is radiance of Sun, Brahmajyothi is the radiance of God’s spiritual body. The sunlight has no form, but Sun has. Therefore, Idol worship is not only scientific concept, but also makes sense logically.