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In Hinduism God is All Pervasive – Then why is God Worshipped in Numerous Forms – Murtis or Idols

The concept of God in Hinduism is different from other religions as God is all pervasive and only that exists. Then a question arises why God is worshipped in numerous forms especially in Murti or idol forms. The answer to this question is found in the Vaikhanasa Agama an important Hindu holy scripture.
Vaikhanasa Agama states that God is beyond measure and cannot be worshipped in his infinity even by the celestial beings or devas. Even the most powerful sages find it difficult to fathom his infinite form. Hence the need for forms – murtis or idols. The infinite takes a finite form as per the desire of his devotee.
God in Hinduism referred as Brahman or Parabrahman or Supreme Truth cannot be defined. It is beyond imagination. God and devotee all are part of that Supreme Truth.
But this concept is not digestible for majority of human beings. They need a form to talk to convey their sadness, ask for help, share their joy…
So the infinite appears as Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, Durga, Ganesh…

Persian Ramayana Manuscript at Raza Library in Rampur in Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh

The 300-old Persian manuscript of Ramayan at Raza Library in Rampur in Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh was written by famous scholar Sumair Chand in Persian in 1715 AD during the reign of Mughal Emperor Farrukhsiyar. The Ramayan was written in gold and precious stones were used in illustration. Times of India reports  The Persian Ramayan starts with the Arabic Islamic verse 'Bismilla-e-rehman-e-rahim' (In the name of Allah, the most beneficent, the most merciful), like other Islamic religious books, including the holy Quran. In the 19th century, during the period of Nawab Yusuf Ali Khan of Rampur state, this 300-year-old Ramyan was brought to the Raza Library.  Professor, SM Azizuddin Husain, director of the library, told TOI: "During the revolt of 1857 against the British, the English Army captured and ransacked Delhi and Lucknow libraries and looted the precious manuscripts. Rampur nawabs were great patrons of valuable manuscripts and they had purchased these manuscripts, inc…