One should worship Me in My Deity forms by offering the most excellent paraphernalia.

– By Lord Krishna to Uddhava [SB 11.27.15 (Uddhava Gita)]


But I am pleased by any insignificant offering made by My loving devotees, and I am certainly most pleased when nice presentations of fragrant oil, incense, flowers and palatable foods are offered with love.

– By Lord Krishna to Uddhava [SB 11.27.18 (Uddhava Gita)]


The worshiper should bathe the Deity every day, as opulently as his assets permit, using waters scented with sandalwood, uçéra root, camphor, kuìkuma and aguru.

– By Lord Krishna to Uddhava [SB 11.27.30-31 (Uddhava Gita)]


The devotee should more fully establish My Deity by solidly constructing a temple, along with beautiful gardens. These gardens should be set aside to provide flowers for the regular daily worship, special Deity processions and holiday observances.

– By Lord Krishna to Uddhava [SB 11.27.50 (Uddhava Gita)]


One who offers the Deity gifts of land, markets, cities and villages so that the regular daily worship and special festivals of the Deity may go on continually will achieve opulence equal to My own.

– By Lord Krishna to Uddhava [SB 11.27.51 (Uddhava Gita)]


By installing the Deity of the Lord one becomes king of the entire earth, by building a temple for the Lord one becomes ruler of the three worlds, by worshiping and serving the Deity one goes to the planet of Lord Brahma, and by performing all three of these activities one achieves a transcendental form like My own.

– By Lord Krishna to Uddhava [SB 11.27.52 (Uddhava Gita)]



The special purpose of Deity worship is to keep oneself always pure and clean. For one who is steady, Deity worship is compulsory.

– Srila Prabhupada [SB 7.5.23-24 purport]


The Deity in the temple is the arca incarnation of the Personality of Godhead, and thus the Deity is identical with the Lord in all respects.

– Srila Prabhupada [Introcuction to Srimad Bhagavatam]


Lord accepts the form of arca-vigraha (worshipable Deity) just to accept service from His different devotees.

– Srila Prabhupada [SB 1.12.9 purport]


The worshipable Deity in the temple of Vishnu is identical with Lord Vishnu by the inconceivable potency of the Lord.

– Srila Prabhupada  [SB 2.1.19 purport]


One can practice meditating upon the Deity, concentrating his mind on the lotus feet of the Lord and gradually rising higher and higher, up to His smiling face.


– Srila Prabhupada [SB 2.2.13 purport]

The Lord in the temple in the worshipable form is never to be considered to be made of stone or wood, for the Lord in His arca incarnation as the Deity in the temple shows immense favor to the fallen souls by His auspicious presence.

– Srila Prabhupada [SB 2.3.21 purport]


Sri-vigraha is the arca, or suitable worshipable form of the Lord, and the disciple should be engaged in worshiping the Deity regularly by sringara, by proper decoration and dressing, as also by mandira-marjana, the matter of cleansing the temple.

– Srila Prabhupada [SB 2.3.22 purport]


When the senses are purified by the process of hearing, chanting, remembering, and worshiping the lotus feet of the holy Deity, etc., the Lord reveals Himself proportionately to the advancement of the quality of devotional service.

– Srila Prabhupada [SB 2.6.38 purport]


The material senses cannot perceive the spiritual nature of the Lord, and therefore the Lord accepts the arca-vigraha, which is apparently made of material elements like earth, wood and stone but actually there is no material contamination.

– Srila Prabhupada [SB 1.11.24 purport]


A devotee constantly engaged in Deity worship according to the rules and regulations laid down in the sastras and given by the spiritual master realizes gradually that he is in direct contact with the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Thus he loses all interest in so-called meditation, yoga practice and mental speculation.

– Srila Prabhupada [CC Madhya 13.139 purport]


If one is initiated and engages in pancaratra-vidhi (Deity worship), his Kåñëa consciousness will awaken very soon, and his identification with the material world will be vanquished.

– Srila Prabhupada [CC Madhya 15.108 purport]


If a devotee very strictly follows the methods of Deity worship, he will naturally and quickly become a pure Vaishnava.

– Srila Prabhupada [CC Madhya 24.336 purport]


Deity worship in the form of temple worship is the most valuable benediction given by the Lord to beginners. All neophytes must therefore engage in the worship of the Lord by keeping the arca-vigraha at home or in the temple.

– Srila Prabhupada [SB 4.30.27]



Living in a home with a family appearing to be an ordinary man, if we learn this divine science of worshipping the deity properly, we are performing a yoga, we are performing a spiritual practice far superior even to those persons who are way up in the Himalayan mountains living in caves, fasting, depriving their bodies of all necessities in meditation.

HH Radhanath Swami Maharaja


It is out of causeless mercy, that Krsna appears within this world as the deity, to attract our hearts, to attract our service, and to awaken our love.

HH Radhanath Swami Maharaja


Krishna, in the form of the deity, is accepting our love and is willing to put Himself under our care.

HH Radhanath Swami Maharaja


Krishna does not need anything from anyone, but by his own sweet will he assumes a role where he does need us. As the deity, he needs our protection, he needs our food, he needs us to dress him and to bathe him; he is atmarama, self sufficient, but this is the most glorious attribute of God—he assumes this relationship with his devotee just to facilitate loving.

HH Radhanath Swami Maharaja


Most people worship God as their order supplier. But Vrindavan consciousness is simply to give pleasure to Krishna and to not expect anything in return except the opportunity to serve.

HH Radhanath Swami Maharaja