Temple life -> Deity Darshan

Srila Prabhupada said, “By worshipping the Deity in the temple the person confirms that he is a spritual being and not this body.”

Sri Sri Nitai Caitanya Candra

Sri Sri Nitai Caitanya Candra

Sri Sri Jagannath, Baladev, Subhadra

Sri Sri Jagannatha, Baladeva and Subhadra Mayi

“Bhagavad-gita as it is”, Chapter 12, text 5, purport:

Worship of the Supreme Personality of Godhead in His form within the temple is not idol worship. There is evidence in the Vedic literature that worship may be saguṇa and nirguna — of the Supreme possessing or not possessing attributes. Worship of the Deity in the temple is saguṇa worship, for the Lord is represented by material qualities. But the form of the Lord, though represented by material qualities such as stone, wood or oil paint, is not actually material. That is the absolute nature of the Supreme Lord.

A crude example may be given here. We may find some mailboxes on the street, and if we post our letters in those boxes, they will naturally go to their destination without difficulty. But any old box, or an imitation which we may find somewhere but which is not authorized by the post office, will not do the work. Similarly, God has an authorized representation in the Deity form, which is called arcā-vigraha. This arcā-vigraha is an incarnation of the Supreme Lord. God will accept service through that form. The Lord is omnipotent, all-powerful; therefore, by His incarnation as arcā-vigraha He can accept the services of the devotee, just to make it convenient for the man in conditioned life.