The most lovely Radha-Krishna Deities at the Philadelphia Krishna temple
This is a small portion of the large collection of photos that we have of various beautiful Deities of Lord Krishna from around the world. Such Deities appear in most major temples, and some are quite significant. These photos are also especially nice for one's spiritual inspiration. The Deity is the Lord's special mercy to allow us to meditate on His spiritual form, even if we do not have the qualifications to see the spiritual atmosphere as yet. To observe the Deities in the temple, and allow ourselves to be seen by the Deity, is an exchange called darshan. Through this means, we also engage our mind and senses in focusing on the Supreme. Such darshan is totally unique to India for there is no other experience like it found in any Western religion.
The Deities are most often made from either marble or brass, but other materials are used as well. They are made and prepared according to the standards and descriptions found in the Vedic references, called the Shilpashastras. Then they are installed in a ceremony which calls for their Lordships to appear within the Deities. However, what really calls the Divine to come forth and appear as the Deity in the temple or reciprocate with us is simply our devotion and love. When one exhibits love for God, the Divine can appear anywhere.
Even though we may not be going to a temple right now, we can still have the darshan of the Supreme through seeing these photographs of the Deities. Even in these photos listed below you can see the Divine and awaken your devotion. And with that devotion, the Lord also sees you.