Life-like clay models are created in preparation for
the festival. These idols range in size from 3/4th of
an inch to over 25 feet. When the festival begins, the larger idols are placed on platforms and raised up in elaborately decorated tents outside the home. Most Hindus will install an idol inside their homes, as well. A priest will recite a mantra and “invoke life” into the idol.
Praise God that He is alive and was not built by human hands. Pray that Gujarati Hindus would see the truth in our one, faithful, living God.
Isa 46:5-10 “To whom will you liken me and make me equal, and compare me, that we may be alike? Those who lavish gold from the purse, and weigh out silver in the scales, hire a goldsmith, and he makes it into a god; then they fall down and worship! They lift it to their shoulders, they carry it, they set it in its place, and it stands there; it cannot move from its place. If one cries to it, it does not answer or save him from his trouble. “Remember this and stand firm, recall it to mind, you transgressors, remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,’