Upset Hindus are urging Montreal (Canada) based productionhouse “Art of Where” forimmediate withdrawal of yoga-capris carrying images of Hindu deity Lord Ganesh;calling it highly inappropriate.
Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevadatoday, said that Lord Ganesh was highly revered in Hinduism and was meant to beworshipped in temples or home shrines and not to adorn one’s legs formercantile greed. Inappropriate usage of Hindu deities or concepts forcommercial or other agenda was not okay as it hurt the devotees.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism,also urged “Art of Where” to offer a formal apology, besides withdrawing Ganesh yoga-capris fromits website, etc.
Hinduism was the oldest and third largest religion of theworld with about 1.1 billion adherents and a rich philosophical thought and itshould not be taken frivolously. Symbols of any faith, larger or smaller,should not be mishandled, Rajan Zed noted.
Zed further said that such trivialization of Hindudeities was disturbing to the Hindus world over. Hindus were for free artisticexpression and speech as much as anybody else if not more. But faith wassomething sacred and attempts at trivializing it hurt the followers, Zed added.
In Hinduism, Lord Ganesh is worshipped as god of wisdomand remover of obstacles and is invoked before the beginning of any majorundertaking.
“Art ofWhere” claims to create “high quality wearable garments and accessories printedwith artwork” … “combining amazing quality products, local production, andversatile fulfillment services”. The products it sells include clothing, accessories,embroidery, home decor, books & stationery, materials; and claims toprovide world-wide shipping. “Cosmic Ganesh Yoga” yoga-capris was priced at$55.