It is very good to have Deities. But it is not so easy to serve Them. For those who have not developed the steadfastness to serve the Deities properly, it is better that they first take shelter of harināma. They will get the same result.
‘nāma’, ‘vigraha’, ‘svarūpa’ — tina eka-rūpa
tine ‘bheda’ nāhi, — tina ‘cid-ānanda-rūpa’
[The Lord’s holy name, His form and His personality are all one and the same. There is no difference between them. Since all of them are absolute, they are all transcendentally blissful. (Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta, Madhya 17.131)]