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Worship of Idol

Worship of Idol

Although there are many ideas about idolatry, these ideas are probably not entirely clear. We all know that God has no size and shape. Yet people of various religious faiths have made idols of Him and worshiped him.

There are many reasons also why we shouldn’t worship idols. This may not occur to everyone and every religion. Hence, an attempt is to raise the issue of idolatry.

It is not known exactly when and where the practice of worship of idols began. A statue from Greece three million years ago shows a human- on top of an animal with four legs and two wings.

Although it is not certain whether it was a God or not. But it certainly suggests that an envisions an equivalent world of humans, animals, and birds.

Worship of Idol
Venus

Some stories suggest that idols of various gods and goddesses were conceived in Greece in ancient times. It particularly the famous statue of Venus in Greece can be mentioned.

The discovery of a dancing girl and a naked woman on a bull in our Indus Valley may indicate that an agricultural civilization developed in harmony with humans and animals.

It can be assumed that in parallel, a happy society was formed along with the maternal tantric system.

Many of the Linga-shaped idols discovered there also indicate the worship of idols.

The Vedas were written about 3,500 years ago. There is no mention of idol worship in the Vedas. The Old Testament, or Bible, written later, also forbids idolatry. The following is a real example:

“Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I am the Lord your God. Ye shall keep my sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary.”–
Leviticus 26:1-2 King James Bible [57]

It is clear from the realization that idolatry was rampant at the time. But why was said not to worship idols is not known.

For example, the Roman Catholic Church worships Mother Mary in the form of an idol. After Jesus’ crucifixion or later idol of Jesus Christ was kept in the church.

However, this is within a time frame of fewer than 2,000 years. We know that Islam, Judaism, etc. do not worship idols.

From the above, one can conclude that the Greeks were the first to worship idols. They are known to have held the Olympic Games on Mount Olympia in 776 BC to appease the god Zeus.

Worship of Idol
Poseidon

The Greeks are said to have made statues of gods and goddesses such as Zeus, Poseidon, Demeter, Athena, Aries, Aphrodite, Apollo, Artemis, Heplystus, Harnes, Hestia, Venus, and Dionysus. They are also known to sacrifice for worship.

Over time, the cult spread throughout Greece. It is believed that the tradition spread to the Coast of Ionia, Asia Minor, Chile, Italy, and the Mediterranean region with various conquering Greek warriors.

Whether that influence extended to India or from India to those places. It is a matter of research. This is because Suktas 7, 10, and 136 of the Rig Veda mention a god with a blue throat and a red angry face.

It may not be wrong to assume that it is an idol. In Southern Tamil, red means “chivan” Many believe that this Chivane was the first wave of the origin of “Shiva”.

There are some things that get in difficulty, Religion, and devotion developed in an era beyond the reach of man or history.

Three religions developed in India in ancient times – Brahmanism, Buddhism, and Jainism. However, God was not central to all three religions.

The Sankhya and Mimansa philosophies of Brahmanism are also anti-God. There is no recognition of God in Sarva’s philosophy either.

According to Shankara’s Vedanta explanation, there is no need to obey God. God does not exist in Buddhism and Jainism either. So where did the context of idol worship come from?

In Indian tradition, we know that Buddhism split into two parts after the death of the Buddha in 400 BC. There, the followers of the Mahayana sect began to make and worship idols of the Lord Buddha, who himself had forbidden idol worship.

History records that in every foreign invasion, the invaders destroyed Hindu temples and idols in India. At that time, most temples had idols of gold or silver.

The invaders took them to their country with wealth. This proves that idol worship was practiced in India long before the Muslim rules.

In our Assam, the temple of Goddess Kamakhya has an altar carved with a vaginal mudra instead of an idol. This mudra is known to have been there since the days of Narakasura in prehistoric times.

According to Hiuen Tsang’s notes, there is evidence of numerous Shiva Lingas in Assam during the reign of Emperor Bhaskar Burma.

The Shivlings of Haleshwar and Mahabhairav ​​in Tezpur, Gupteshwar Bishwanath in Bishwanath Chariali, Bilbeswar in Nalbari, and Uma Nanda Temple in Kamrup are very ancient

It is known to have existed since ancient times.

In addition, the sixth-century Mahisha Mardini idols found in the excavations at Ambari and the ninth-century idols discovered at Numaligarh, prove that idol worship began in a smooth form in India and Assam many centuries ago.

It is not easy to say when the practice of idol worship actually began, or what the real reason for idol worship was.

“Matsya, Kurma, Narasimha, Vamana, Parashurama,
Haliram, Varaha, Sri Rama.
Buddha and Kalki name dasa
akriti dharisa Krishna
taju pawe karoho pranam.”

(Nam ghosha)

Therefore, it is important to understand the meaning of the word ‘shape’ or design.
Agriculture expanded to tribal areas between 700 and 1200 AD.

The word Krishna is said to be derived from the word ‘Krish’. Krishna’s association with agriculture and livestock cannot be denied.

There is also the incarnation of Balobhadra or Haliram associated with the plough. Around that time, Brahmins became the heads of social and religious discipline.

It was the Brahmins who became the masters of the technique of controlling weapons. Dronacharya was a Brahmin but possessed a Cleve rarsenal.

This is evidenced by the fact that Parashurama is shown as a part of the incarnation of Vishnu. It is also noteworthy that new rituals are needed in view of the expansion of agriculture and trade with tribal communities using totems such as fish, turtles, pigs (Baraha), bears, monkeys, and snakes.

It had arrived. At that time, Brahmins and kings were also given divinity. Rama was called God. It is found in Ramayana that to fulfill the absence of Sita, Lord Rama made an idol of Sita and performed a Yajna (a ritual of Veda ).

We want to go back to the Mahabharata. Guru Dronacharya refused to teach weapons to a son of a hunter named Ekalavya because he was from a low caste of society.

But Ekalavya did not give up and made an idol of Dronacharya and continued his studies and practice of archery. During his practice, he proved to be a more skilled warrior than Arjuna, for which Guru Drona provoked Ekalavya to

cut off the thumb of his right hand and give him as guru Dakshina.

The story of Ekalavya making an idol of Dronacharya and learning weapons implies that if there is rejuvenation ahead, dedication or attention is more effective.

When we have an idol or image of God in front of us, we can quickly attain perfection in our practice by meditating on that image. That is why idol worship is advocated. “God has no form, formless!” He is omnipresent.

But they are contradictory. Sometimes it is difficult to explain. We have a God who lives in Kailash, the peak of the Himalayas.

It is impossible for people to reach Him in our problems. Another lives in the water, in the eternal bed. It is also difficult for people to get there.

The shrine of Sati is on the top of the mountain. The temple of Vaishnodevi is also located in the remote hills. The Amarnath Yatra was attacked by Pakistani militants. Therefore, it is difficult to understand the definition of ‘pervasive’

In the Narasimha Purana, the formless Lord is also descended from a crystal pillar in the form of Narasimha to prove the truth of the words of devotee Prahlad. In the Gita, Vishnu assumes a huge form in front of Arjuna.

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Finally, it can be said that the basic principle of religion is the Supreme Being or the Supreme Brahma. It is unique.

But the worship of all religions, such as Shaiva, Shaktya, Soura, and Ganapatya, has two aspects to the beings of the deity worshipped. One is an expression and the other is depression.

His manifesting being is the idol. The need for idols may have arisen in the pursuit of more effective devotion or attention to the manifest being.

Therefore, idols have entered the practice of religion. However, there is much room for discussion and research on this topic.

It is the season of worship. It is also Autumn. We extend our love and best wishes to all of you.

Dr. R.K Bezbaruah

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