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Number of Murtis of Hindu Gods that can be worshipped in Puja Room

There is no general rule regarding the number of murits (idols) of Hindu Gods that can be worshipped in a puja room. There are puja rooms that have murtis of Ganesh, Shiva, Vishnu, Krishna, Devi etc. But there are some rules regarding the number of murtis of the same God. This is especially followed in North India. A puja room should not have two Shivling, three Ganesh murti, two Shankhs or Conch, two murtis of Surya (Sun God), three murtis of the same Goddess, two gomati chakra and two shaligram. Usually, right handed Shankh is used for worship. Damaged murtis are also not worshipped at home.

Online Course in Puranas at Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies (OCHS)

The Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies (OCHS) is a Recognized Independent Centre of the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. The centre provides various online courses in Hinduism. The course is titled ‘Krishna, Vishnu, Shiva, and the Goddess: Readings from the Puranas.'

You can find more details about the course structure and how to enroll here at the official website of Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies (OCHS).

Only by knowing the Self does on become immortal – Shvetashvatara Upanishad Teachings

The body of the individual self depends on food and drink for its birth and growth. Similarly, his thinking (sankalpa), physical contact (sparsha), and looking (drishti) at things produce his attachment (moha). This attachment determines his behavior, and his behavior ultimately results in his assumption of various forms. (Shvetashvatara Upanishad 5, 11)

There is nothing higher than or different from Him. Nothing is greater or minuter than Him. Seated in His own glory He stands like a tree, one without a second and immovable. By that Purusha (Supreme Being) the whole universe is filled (pervaded). (Shvetashvatara Upanishad 3, 9)

In this vast wheel of Brahman, which creates all things and in which all things rest, the living being flutters about, thinking – my silent self and the world are two different things. But in truth they are not different. Some wise people see them as one, and those people rest in evenness. They gain eternal happiness.

Just as a mirror shines bright once it has…