How did Rishis worship God without temples?
Rigveda mantra 1/164/46 says," EKAM SADRUPA VIPRAH BAHUDHA VADANTI," i.e., EKAM SATAM means truth is one i.e., God is one but VIPRAH = Rishis, Munis who were/are learned of Vedas, BAHUDHA VADANTI utters so many names of God mentioned in Vedas like AGNIM YAMAM MATRISHVANAM AAHUHU meaning-the name of God are Agni, Yam, Matrishva and AAHUHU means "says".
Yajurveda mantra 32/1 the name of God are told AGNI, ADITYA, VAAYU, CHANDRMA, SHUKRAM, BRAHM, AAPAH, AND PRAJAPATIHI ETC, ETC, ETC. in short I would explain the meaning of above all the names of God but not in detail because which are not possible here being lengthy. AGNI= agrini i.e., at the top or who comes first or who was before the creation and according to the said qualities, here the meaning of agni pertains to God i.e., God is eternal and therefore exists always before the creation etc. that is why Rigveda mantra 1/1/1 says:
AGNIM IIDRHE --------------- IN the said mantra the meaning of Agni is God according to the qualities and situation. Meaning of IIDRHE meansdesire. Therefore the meaning of Agnim Iidrhe is , "I am desirous of God."
Similarly YAM means controller of universe, Matrishva means air i.e., like air God gives life to human beings. Aditya means which cannot be broken into pieces, Chandrma means like moon God gives calm/peace, Shukram means Almighty, Braham means the superior/the biggest/the greatest etc., in theuniverse, Aapah means omniopresent, Prajapatihi means who nurse the universe. So all the said meanings have the qualities of God and hence the name of God in the Vedas, but are always uttered by Rishis Munis who arelearned of Vedas as mentioned in Rigveda mantra quoted above. Therefore only Rishis Munis who are learned of Vedas utters or tells the holy name of God mentioned in Vedas and those who do not know Vedas can never utter the above holy names of God. But the said holy names on the other hand are even of surprising nature to them.
One thing more the holy name of God in the Vedas are according to the nature, knowledge and deeds (God creates, nurses, destroys and controls the universe etc.) of Almighty God. Therefore those names are eternal and countless. So I am not able to mention here infinite names of Almighty God being --- beyond imagination, beyond calculation and beyond description etc. and we have to worship the said Almighty God whose description is in four Vedas whose study has mostly been made stopped by the presently saints who were against the Vedas and speaks only charming stories etc., and never tells about Vedas. Whereas the description of Vedas in Geeta, Ramayana, six shastras, Upnishads and all ancient holy books. The reason behind that the present said saints do not study the Vedas and do not do yajna and do not obey ashtang yoga philosophy mentioned in Vedas and adopted by Shri Ram, Shri Krishna, Mata Sita, King Harishchandra, King Dashrath and their subjects/public etc. therefore we must be aware of falseprophets.
Yajurveda mantra 40/8 says that God is everywhere, Almighty, formless, nervous system less, purest, away from sins and away to face any result of any karmas(deeds), knows every soul, knows what is in everyone's mind, no body has made God, but God creates universe, has given the eternal knowledge of four Vedas and always gives the said knowledge at the beginning of every universe to know the science and deeds to all concern. Similarly four Vedas says about God that God is an omnipresent, omniscient, formless, beyond imagination and beyond calculation. Actually God has unlimited qualities. There is only one God who creates, nurses, destroys the universe and again creates. Atharvaveda mantra 4/1/1 also says that God gives the knowledge of Vedas at the beginning of the earth to four Rishis of unsexual creation. And thereafter only public listens Vedas through RishisMunis as yet and become learned.
Rigveda gives knowledge of Almighty, Yajurveda gives knowledge of karmas (deeds), Saamveda tells about worship-Yoga philosophy and Atharvaveda about medicines and God. Actually all Vedas commonly says about God also, sothis is about Vedas in short. But the knowledge of Vedas is endless. It is a fundamental that knowledge is always given by somebody otherwise knowledge can't be gained at any cost. If a new born baby is nursed well in a densy jungle and is not educated then he will not be able to gain any knowledge. So we have to think that the knowledge in the world today from where came first. In this connection all Vedas themselves say that God gives this knowledge to four Rishis. As has also been said by Rishi Patanjali in yoga shastra sutra 1/26 that God is first Guru of the four Rishis. Those four Rishis are Agni, Vaayu, Aditya and Angira. Yajurveda mantra 31/7 also refers. So this is all in short about Vedas.
Now if somebody worship statue etc., i.e., their own creation please but Vedas deny. According to Vedas the best worship of the God is Yagya (Yajna) for which all Vedas are self proof. Yajurveda mantra 31/16 says that the learned persons worship God by Yajna. To know about Yajna I havewritten a book in detail which is available through this website.
Secondly the eternal philosophy of Vedas needs no statue or temple etc. In this connection Yajurveda mantra 40/8 says that God is Almighty and formless etc., being Almighty God can do everything in the universe, so incarnation (avtaar) is needed not. Because at a proper time God can destroy the demons like Ravana, Kansa etc., within no time without any assistance of avtaar/body etc. Because being Almighty He needs no assistance. Being formless there is no need of statue or temple of God according to Vedas.
As a matter of fact, you, I or every human being live in a body. Body is separate we are called souls. Vedas say soul has no form even. Then also we know each other. For example even if you have not seen the photograph of king Akbar then, you can know Akbar by means of the study of his qualities. so is the case with the God. If an aspirant really goes to his Guru and listen Vedas like Shri Ram, and ancient kings and their public then he will be able to know hundred percent about formless God. Then comes realization for which Vedas (especially Saamveda) says that he who performs yajna, do jaap (according to Vedas) and practice ashtang yoga philosophy while remaining in family like Shri Ram etc., he sure realises being eternal law. If we will meditate out of our body and against Vedas/ ashtang yoga philosophy then our attention will always naturally remain and attach with world i.e., decoration/music/ dances etc., in which case subject matter of God will be over and sweet stories, spending fun of ladies, Rishis- Munis, Yagya etc. etc., by telling self made stories.
It is also baseless to say that study of Vedas and practice of yoga philosophy is difficult. It is self made story. Because Vedas are also called Shruti i.e., Vedas are to be listened first and not to study. So to listen the Vedas from a learned Acharya is not difficult. The Acharya will explain the Ved mantras in the yajna in you own language i.e., in English or Urdu etc., and for an aspirant to do asan, pranayaam, meditation etc., is also not difficult. It is all difficult for those human beings including present false prophets (who are against the Vedas), who are lazy, can't awake early in the morning to listen Vedas. And to do practice of yoga philosophy. Those people are always after money, materialistic articles and pomp and show etc., etc.