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Fri, Jul 09, 2010 8:28:31
Perturbed Hindus ask for immediate recall of inappropriate statues of Hindu deities

Upset Hindus have asked for the immediate withdrawal of some statues showing images of Hindu deities sold by a Virginia (USA) based firm Sacred Source, calling it inappropriate depiction.
 
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, argued that these deities were highly revered in Hinduism and inappropriate usage of Hindu deities or concepts 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 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, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, stressed.
 
Meanwhile Bhavna Shinde of Forum for Hindu Awakening, in a communiqué to Sacred Source, listed some of the objectionable statues and added: This is denigrating to Hinduism and hurting to Hindus worldwide who reverently worship the Deities. We urge you to look into this immediately, and remove these statues from your website and sale, to prevent further hurting of Hindus' religious sentiments.
 
 “Sacred Source”, based in Crozet near Charlottesville (Virginia), whose tagline is "Ancient Images, Ancient Wisdom", claims to be a leading producer and distributor of ancient deity images in North America, whose goals are to bring affordable museum reproduction and folk-handcraft deity images back into Western culture.  Its mission statement includes: To nurture each individual's inner growth with the spiritual wisdom of ancient symbols and images.
 

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