Do Hindus worship idols?

hindu deityHinduism is a huge treasure chest of myths, legends and parables. The MAHABHARATA for instance is recognized as the world’s longest epic. Hundreds of stories, everything from moral conduct, warrior ethics, to examples of true devotion are featured. Legends of Gods like Shiva, who transfers his body from on form to another and from one sex to another, are superheroes of goodness.
The biographies of Hindu Saints and guru ancient and contemporary are sources of inspiring stories that amplify the truths taught in Hindu beliefs and provide life examples of virtuous conduct. To the casual observer might consider them beautiful works of art or may consider them false idles. But the real meaning, when understood, is an inspiration and reminder to be a better person. Hinduism was one of the earliest religions and many other religions are based on many of their fables. Some of these stories have even made it to the Bible. The similarities are incredibly bold, even as far as the Virgin Birth.
One of my favorite characters is Ganesha. His story is one of unconditional LOVE. He is also known as the Remover of Obstacles. Although there are many versions of this fable, my favorite is this one. As it goes, the Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva had a son. The father was left to babysit one afternoon but became distracted and a tiger ripped the head off the child. Not knowing what to do, he summoned his guards to bring him the Head of the first animal they encountered. They brought him the head of an elephant and he attached it to the baby’s body. When Parvati returned, she was overjoyed and embraced her son.
Another favorite deity in most Hindu households is Laxmi, Goddess of wealth and prosperity. In Hindu Devas were considered mortal at one time. Laxmi was the consort of the God Vishnu. She is said to bring good luck and believed to protect her devotees from misery and money related sorrows. She is endowed with Divine Qualities and was considered a source of strength to Vishnu. As the story is told, one time Laxmi left the temple to visit a Lord. She was later declared defiled and was banished from the temple. The temple’s wealth immediately vanished and Laxmi was begged to return. The temples wealth was restored. The message is to have respect for wealth and treat it wisely.
It is important to note that many times these deities are portrayed with multiple heads and arms, especially when they are battling cosmic forces. The multiplicity emphasizes the deity’s immense power and ability to perform several acts at the same time. The artist wants to show superhuman power. The multiple heads often depict the different aspects of the character of the Deity. Shiva, for example, with three heads. One head depicts his essential character, another his fierce force and the third, his beautiful nature.
The center for the New Age is a gallery for hundreds of Hindu Statues in all shapes and sizes. Visit our website for more information.

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