The Sanskrit translation of murti is “embodiment” and study of a murti is meant to inspire those that look upon its likeness. They are constructed with careful symbolism relating to the deity that they embody. Symbols present in the fearful raudra murti may include weapons or bones as adornment. However, shanta murti is representative of love and may contain icons of knowledge, music, wealth or flowers.
By constructing a murti as the visual embodiment of a profound being, it is believed qualities of that deity are emanated and transmitted to those who meditate upon it.