Number of Pauranik pandits had failed to prove the authenticity of idol worship from the Vedas, and had acknowledged their defeat.
Pt. Angad Shashtri, a renowned pandit, was persuaded to have discourse with Maharishi. He tried his best, but was so deeply influenced by the logic, the evidences quoted from the vedas, that ultimately he exclaimed, "Swamiji what you are saying is the only truth." He drowned his idols in the river Ganga, and several other pandits also followed him. This brought great name and fame to Maharishi.