Upset Hindus have asked for the immediate withdrawal of Shiva and Ganesh puppets and few other similar products, calling it inappropriate, upsetting, and denigrating.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA), said that inappropriate usage of Hindu deities or concepts for commercial or other agendas was not okay as it hurt the devotees.
Lord Shiva and Lord Ganesh were highly revered deities in Hinduism and using them as puppets was troubling for the devotees, because in reality the believers put the destinies of themselves in the hands of their deities, Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, added.
Meanwhile, Bhavna Shinde of Forum for Hindu Awakening, in a communiqué to The Unemployed Philosophers Guild, a Brooklyn (New York, USA) based company which sells these puppets and other products, wrote:
“We would like to bring to your attention that millions of Hindus around the world worship Lord Ganesh and Lord Shiva as their revered symbols of faith. Using the images of these Deities in clocks/watches and making puppets and dolls of them, trivializes these revered symbols of faith. The concept of manipulating puppets and playing with dolls made after Deities is downright denigrating, given that Hindus perform devoted worship and spiritual practice to experience the eternal truth that these Deities govern the universe.”
“Hence, we urge you to immediately withdraw from your website and shops these toys and materials made after our revered Deities and in future not make such toys and materials that denigrate Hindu sacred symbols”, Shinde added.
Hinduism was the oldest and third largest religion of the world with about one billion adherents and a rich philosophical thought and it should not be taken lightly. Symbols of any faith, larger or smaller, should not be mishandled, Rajan Zed argued.