Tantra
While priests may reside in temples in order to care for the needs of the gods and goddesses, the essential aspect of worship is not congregational but an individual's connection to the deity. In worshiping the goddess it is possible to arouse the divine power, shakti, that lies dormant within individuals in order to make their physical, mental, and psychic selves divine. One method of worship aimed at integrating the physical and spiritual realms is Tantric worship which has characterized much of goddess worship in India. Tantra is a code of rites and practices. Both contemplating Tantric images and creating these images are a form of darshan (seeing) the Goddess.