Upset Hindus urge Amazon to apologize & withdraw Lord Shiva Toilet Cover set
Upset Hindus are urging world’s largest online retailer Amazon.com for the immediate withdrawal of toilet cover set carrying the image of Hindu deity Lord Shiva; calling it highly inappropriate.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement, said that Lord Shiva was highly revered in Hinduism and was meant to be worshipped in temples or home shrines and not to adorn a toilet cover or put your feet on. Inappropriate usage of Hindu deities or symbols or concepts for commercial or other agenda was not okay as it hurt the faithful.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, also urged Amazon.com and its President Jeffrey P. Bezos to offer a formal apology, besides withdrawing the Lord Shiva toilet cover set, as this was not the first time for the company to offer such products which were deemed offensive by Hindu 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 indicated.
Zed further said that such trivialization of Lord Shiva was disturbing to the Hindus world over. Hindus were for free artistic expression and speech as much as anybody else if not more. But faith was something sacred and attempts at trivializing it hurt the followers, Zed added.
In Hinduism, Lord Shiva, along with Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu, forms the great triad of Hindu deities. T