Concept of Ishta Devata
Sarva Deva Namaskaram Keshavah Pratigachhaati.
All people of the country believe in the freedom of choice of worship by each individual and believe that all prayers reach the Paramatma, the supreme soul.
Your prayers to any divine entity is ultimately a prayer to the paramatma, the supreme soul.
All people attain salvation through prayers in their own way with bhakti in their Ishta Devata. Ahimsa of Gandhiji also comes here. Accept the bhakti of every body. Don't insist on Unitary way. Don't do violence to force people to accept your way of worship. Accept his experience of divine entities and his liking. God appears in innumerable forms and times to help persons who seek his help and divine grace.
Hindustan is Bharat Varsh. In Vishnu Puran, it is said its name was Him Varsh earlier. From Himalayas to Sea at the south it is Him Varsh, Bharat Varsh, - Hindustan. All persons living in this area are brothers and sisters (with special relations among some persons) and are Hindus only despite differences in physical shape, colour, language, food habits and the deity to whom they are praying. The literature of the land proposed crores of deities and also large number of rishis, munis, sages and learned persons. Diversity of worship is celebrated in the Hindu culture with the concept of Ishta Devata. Cultural Unity strongly advocated by Shri L.K. Advani indicates this only. All people of the country accept the freedom of choice of worship by each individual and believe that all prayers reach the Paramatma, the supreme soul. Your prayers to any divine entity is ultimately a prayer to the paramatma, the supreme soul.
Our age-old national culture runs like a silken threat uniting the multiple diversities of our society into ONE NATION and ONE PEOPLE. - Advani
Our scriptures remind us, ‘Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam’ the world is one family. We pray not only for all of human life, but also for the animals, the plants and nature. Our culture teaches us — Do not only worship the Creator, but also serve the Creation! This encyclopedia was created with that in mind – service of creation, service of those who didn’t know or understand or have access to these timeless truths and insights.” - H.H. Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji
Ajmer Dargah Sharif said, ‘The essence of all faiths is to unite people and not to divide them. Just as our blood is the same color no matter what our religion so to must we learn to live together in harmony understanding and respecting each other’s religion
Raja Rammohan Roy was speaking of the Unity of God as true Hinduism in 1817. In 1821, he claimed: “No people on earth are more tolerant than the Hindoos, who believe all men to be equally within the reach of Divine beneﬁcence, which embraces the good of every religious sect and denomination.
Jawaharlal Nehru: 'India was like some ancient palimpsest on which layer upon layer of thought and reverie has been inscribed, and yet no succeeding layer has completely hidden or erased what had been hidden previously.' All of them thus took a territorial and secular view of the nation.