Hindus are urging Singapore based online retailer Quiltliving Store for the immediate withdrawal of rug carrying images of Hindu deity Ganesha, News Patrolling
The Hindu organization namely the Universal Society of Hinduism, has taken the initiative.
According to media reports, Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, in a statement in Nevada (USA), said that Lord Ganesha was highly revered in Hinduism and was meant to be worshipped in temples or home shrines and not to stand/sit on or put feet/buttocks/legs on. Inappropriate usage of Hindu deities or concepts or symbols for commercial or other agenda was not okay as it hurt the devotees.
Hinduism was the oldest and third largest religion of the world with about 1.1 billion adherents and a rich philosophical thought, and it should 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 Hindu deity was disturbing to the Hindus world over. Hindus were for free artistic expression and speech as much as anybody else if not more. However, faith was something sacred and attempted at trivializing it hurt the followers, Zed added.
Ganesha Rug, which is claimed to feel “soft under your foot” and add “texture to the floor”, was priced at $49.95. Quiltliving Store, whose tagline is “Designed for your sweet home”; sells carpets, rugs, blankets, bedding sets, floor overlays, tumblers, etc.