An idol is an image or other material object representing a deity to which religious worship is addressed or any person or thing regarded with admiration, adoration, or devotion.
• Stone idols are worshipped in houses and temples to improve the aura and to invoke the supernatural powers to bless the natives.
• Wood is extensively used for crafting beautiful idols of Hindu gods and goddesses. Though wooden idols are rarely used for worshipping in temples and at home, they are mainly used as decorative pieces in houses, and offices
• Ashtadhatu idols is a very sacred and sattvic (pure) alloy of eight metals namely, gold, silver, copper, zinc, lead, tin, iron and mercury. It has very high value in Hinduism.
• Brass idols also serve as decorative items and gift items. Brass idols are mostly given a lacquered finish or are metal polished to protect them from oxidation leading to blackening of colour.
• Crystal idols are ideal as desktop items or for pooja. Sphatik or crystal is widely used for making idols. They control the negative energies surrounding an area, remove bad effects caused due to Vaastu.
• According to the Brahma Purana, any individual, male or female and belonging to any caste, who worships Parad idols every day is blessed with worldly pleasures and at last attains supreme salvation (Moksha). It is believed that the life of a Parad idol worshiper is full of glory, honor, fame, knowledge, wisdom and a happy successful family life.