The true devotee of any symbolic of God seeks to go beyond the symbol, seeks to become it. Some traditions have a form of practice that we can call Deity Yoga , a means to unite with a Deity by recognizing that our true nature is that Deity. The basis of allYoga (whether Hindu, Buddhist, or any other tradition) is to seek to become like God, and this is why Jesus said,
"Be ye perfect, as your father in Heaven is perfect."
That is pure Deity Yoga , pure Bhakti Yoga . to seek that perfection requires that we seek out our imperfection and remove it. This is not an easy task. Success in religion does not come by beliefs, by dressing a certain way, or attending certain temples, it comes through a rigorous psychological analysis of ourselves.