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The ‘calling’ of the deity to be present in the image (mūrti) at the beginning of worship—one of the sixteen offerings/services (upacāras) which are component parts of pūjā. With permanently consecrated images, in which the deity is thought to be ever-present, this is more of a framing device for the offering ritual, and a reminder of the unrestricted nature of God, than an actual calling. With images that are not permanently consecrated, āvāhana is an invitation to the deity to take up temporary, or even momentary residence for the purposes of immediate pūjā. See also visarjana.

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