Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 11, Chapter 27, Text 48

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SB 11.27.48

arcadisu yada yatra
 sraddha mam tatra carcayet
sarva-bhutesv atmani ca
 sarvatmaham avasthitah
Whenever one develops faith in Me — in My form as the Deity or in other bona fide manifestations — one should worship Me in that form. I certainly exist both within all created beings and also separately in My original form, since I am the Supreme Soul of all.
The Supreme Personality of Godhead is worshiped according to the faith of a particular worshiper. The Deity form, arca, is specifically mentioned here because Deity worship is essential for spiritual progress. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura mentions that inexperienced persons may think that the Deity is meant for the sense gratification of the worshiper, since superficially the Deity is made of external substances such as marble or brass. But through the process of installing the Deity by chanting of authorized mantras, one invites the Supreme Personality of Godhead to enter the Deity form. By regulated, faithful worship one gradually understands that the Deity is completely nondifferent from the Supreme Lord Himself. At that stage, on the strength of Deity worship, one rises to the second-class platform of devotional service. At this more developed stage one desires to make friendship with other devotees of the Lord, and as one becomes solidly established in the community of Vaisnavas, one completely gives up material life and gradually becomes perfect in Krsna consciousness.
Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 11, Chapter 27, Text 47
Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 11, Chapter 27, Text 49