The Murtis are stone or wooden images ceremonially infused with the divine presence of god. They are daily worshipped with five artis and other ceremonies.
Purpose[change | change source]
Murtis answer prayers of the faithful and inspire spiritually, they also act as a contact between the gods and the worshippers.
Appearance[change | change source]
They are sometimes abstract, but more often representations of God in a personal form like Shiva or Ganesh, Rama or Krishna, Saraswati, Vishnu or Kali. Murtis are made according to the prescriptions of the Silpasastra, and then installed by priests through the prana pratishtha ceremony. Afterward the divine personality is present in the murti but in cases of serious discrepancies in worship may leave the form
Method[change | change source]
To show respect, Hindus give gifts and food to the murtis. They are treated with respect and are treated as part of the family. They are given clothes and are changed at certain times every day. When people see the murti, they stop to pray. The murtis are also very powerful, so some Hindus think that the murtis are very holy.