Practices vary as there is no universally accepted perspective of God throughout various branches of Hinduism. A nature of belief and worship regarding a practitioner's Ishta-deva depends on which tradition they are following. Hinduism teaches Ekam Sadvipraha Bahudha Vadanti. Those who belong to the monistic schools like Advaita Vedanta; they worship multiple forms of God. The Bhakti followers worship a particular form or incarnation of Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva or Ganesha as the Supreme God in the dualistic sense.
Forms of Worship
A practitioner worships their Ishta devata through the form of a murti. This may involve offering items to their chosen Lord. The deity needs to be remembered and a relationship should be built up. The Dvaita schools believed that the Supreme Being possessed a divine form and offered worship to their Ishta-devata as a representation or direct expansion of the Supreme Person.
Shaivites worship Lord Shiva figuratively or through his Lingam murthi. Within several Hindu traditions living people have claimed to be incarnations of a Supreme Being. In these cases followers have worshipped these individuals as Ishta-devas.
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