murti, stone

Benjamin Fleming cheapies at CABLEREGINA.COM
Wed Feb 23 17:23:43 UTC 2000

Dear list members,
I believe that I read somewhere that stone images in temples needed to be replaced every 3,000 years to be effective as the residence of a deity.  This would mean that stone, like clay idols are temporary 'bodies' of a deity, but that there is simply a difference in time frame (clay idols generally housing a deity for about 10 days, for example.)  Can any one point me to a reference which specifically talks about stone images and their duration as effective 'housing.'  Either original or secondary sources are fine.  thanks in advance
benjamin fleming

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