I am gradually drifting towards the view that those who oppose MurtiPuja  among Hindu-s are in reality, Nastika-s i.e. atheists notwithstanding how much they adore Veda-s, recite Vedic Mantra-s and conduct Yajna-s. I shall methodically elaborate my perception for all to examine and assess. I have already explained in one of my articles in recent past that Murti  is not just an idol carved out of a dead object. Once an idol is consecrated through PranaPratistha, an elaborate procedure detailed in Sanatana  scriptures, it is transformed into ‘Murti’ wherein presence of deity symbolised by the Murti  is augmented and every such Murti  is worshipped and treated as living deity. 

PranaPratisthit Murti  does symbolise the deity invoked therein through elaborate rituals, has been established beyond an iota of uncertainty through ages. Swami Ramakrisna Paramahamsa  had Darsana  of Ma Kali  through the Murti  of Ma Kali  that he used to worship everyday as Pujari  of the KaliMandira  at Kolkata, is a well-known, well-established reality. This mystical and Adhyatmika  event has been underscored, highlighted and repeated scores of times all over. It is mentioned in memoirs of Tailanga Swami Maharaja  of Varanasi  by one of his ardent disciples that Ma Kali  had appeared before them i.e. author in presence of Swami Maharaja, as a girl out of the small Murti  of Her that he used to worship everyday, blessed them, reverted into the Murti  and vanished. Several such tales have been circulating around wherein  a specific deity is purported to have appeared from a Murti, supported the person in distress and disappeared subsequently. Swami Vivekananda  had consecrated a Murti of Ma Kali  in a temple somewhere in Kolkata for one of his disciples. Hindu  Kings always used worship and invoke their deities before proceeding to battle-field. It is also interesting and mystical to note that Mughals had not been able to destroy even a single SaktiPitha  anywhere in the country during their diabolical and brutal spree of despotism against Hindu-s and Hinduism despite their efforts, aggressive and persistent. Sanatana  scriptures are full of tales of MurtiPuja  by much adorable deities themselves. Sri Rama  is mentioned in Valmiki Ramayana  to raise a Sivalinga  at Ramesvarama, consecrate  and worship Siva  through His Murti  of Sivalinga  before embarking on the victory battle of Lanka. So also all Rsi-s, Maharsi-s and Siddha Yogi-s criss-crossing the country on various missions. Adi Samkaracarya  travelled all over the country, established and consecrated several Mutts and Dhama-s as centres of pilgrimage, learning and for renaissance of Sanatana Dharma. Entire content of Srimadbhagvadgita  As Svadharmayoga Upanisad  I received in a fraction of second in 2001 while having Darsana  of Sri Radha Ramanji Maharaja  in His ancient temple located at Vrindavana. Such mystical instances and events are far too frequent to be ignored or disbelieved.     

If a Murti  is consecrated and live, how can that be rejected in the name of Idol-worship as movements like Arya Samaja  do ? Well known contemporary icon of Arya Samaja Swami Ramdeva  not only denounces MurtiPuja  but also ridicules astrology, influence of planets on human beings etc. He ridiculed even Bhagavana Kala Bhairava  live of Astha  Channel as being an alcoholic !! Is that Islamism or Christianity in garb of Astha  or lack of it being pedalled by Arya Samaja ? Does that not amount to rejection of our entire heritage in the name of social reform of opposition to MurtiPuja ? Buddhists claim to reject idol-worship albeit they worship Murti  of Gautama Buddha. Sikhs claim to reject idol-worship yet they worship Guru Grantha Sahib  and Guru-s themselves. Similarly, Zorostrians worship Agni  as their Murti  and Agni  does not need PranaPratistha  at all being purest of all. Christians worship idols of Jesus albeit they do not have any well-defined procedure of PranaPratistha  at all. In Islam, they are purported to be adoring ‘Allah’ with an imaginary idol in their mind during Namaz. Of course during Haj, they worship Kaba which may dubbed idol-worship as MurtiPuja  after PranaPratistha  is entirely Greek to them. Ostensibly, ‘MurtiPuja’ or whatsoever in the name of it, does exist everywhere as a measure of religiosity whether wholeheartedly, reluctantly, illusionary or even deceptively but it does exist. It is so because it is intrinsic to human nature and persistent rejection only leads to a sham of it. 

MurtiPuja  has significant socio-politico-economic value too, associated with it. It leads to erection of temples, constitution of groups and societies, strengthening of social bonds, national integration etc. Not very long ago, week long MurtiPuja  of Bhagavana Ganesaji Maharaja  on GanesaCaturthi  used to be centre of gravity of Swaraja Andolana  and struggle for independence from British yoke heralded by a great visionary, Lokmanya Tilak. Swami Vivekananda  received lessons on mission of his life at holy feet of a PranaPratisthit Murti  of Ma Kali  in a Kolkata temple before heralding resurgence of Sanatana  pride all over.     

Next higher rung after MurtiPuja  is Nirguna BrahmaPuja. Those who happen to be proficient in Nirguna BrahmaPuja  alone are eligible and qualified to ignore or decline MurtiPuja. However, with a rider. They may ignore or decline MurtiPuja  only for themselves and not for crores of others who are yet to comprehend nuances of Nirguna BrahmaPuja  or they may not have even heard of it. Nirguna BrahmaPuja  is not an easy affair and I would be intensely curious to know, how many great Souls in this country of some 85 Crore Hindu-s are advanced enough in Adhyatma  to pursue that earnestly ? Is the great Arya Samaja  luminary Swami Ramdeva, an ardent opponent of MurtiPuja, capable of pursuing Nirguna BrahmaPuja ? Is he a Param Siddha Yogi ? None of it. As a prominent Hindu  sect and ardent opponent of MurtiPuja, Arya Samaja  failed to grow beyond a certain level and considerably harmed Hinduism by eroding and ravaging faith of masses in Sanatana  beliefs, rituals, wisdom and heritage in the name of preposterous excessive rationalism. By rejecting MurtiPuja  as a superstition while not being capable of pursuing Nirguna BrahmaPuja, opponents of MurtiPuja  inadvertently fall into the trap of atheism ultimately. Thus having rejected Saguna, incapable and unable to pursue Nirguna, opponents of MurtiPuja  are degraded into being faithless creatures sooner than later. This state of faithlessness, uprooted from moorings, dangerous and detrimental, may compel them to remain precariously adrift, perilously close to disasters of secularism and communism before being eventually proselytised, then becoming proclaimed enemies of the nation. 

MurtiPuja  has indeed, embellished Sanatana  Hinduism.


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  1. Anil Mahajan says:

    Sanatan dharma gives freedom of thought. Arya samaj abhoring murti puja tend to be a replica of Islam. Any panth full of hatred cannot be part of Sanatan dharma


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