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Srimad Bhagwatam 11.27.12 -

saili daru-mayi lauhi

lepya lekhya ca saikati

mano-mayi mani-mayi

pratimasta-vidha smrta -

The Deity (ARCHA VIGRAHA) form of the Lord is said to appear in eight varieties -- stone, wood, metal, earth, paint, sand, the mind or jewels. So the Supreme Lord manifests Himself for the benefit of us through the above 8 Materials and the Murti Vigraha is NON DIFFERENT from Himself.