|There are four
kinds of images:
i.Swayamvyakta: When God has manifested himself or has been consecrated by divine beings.
By this the image is said to have come into existence out of God's own will, in visible
forms. Sri Vaishnavite recognize eight places of worship under this aspect, namely,
Badrinath, Saligramam, Naimisaranyam, Pushkaram, Venkatachalam, Srimushnam, Srirangam and
ii.The second variety of Archa deities are those consecrated by Devas or Gods and later
handed over to men for continued
worship. Examples, Simhachalam, Ahobilam, Kanchi.
(iii) The third variety of Archa form is that which the sages have consecrated. The
Sthalapuranams of those places narrate the stories. At the request of the sages the
deities consented to remain at these sacred spots.