CHICAGO: Indians across the world and particularly in the US feel greatly disturbed at Amazon displaying a wall-hanging that has buffalo skull carved with Hindu deity Lord Ganesha and have strongly pitched with the company management for its immediate withdrawal.
The contention is that Lord Ganesha is highly revered in Hinduism and is meant to be worshipped in temples or home shrines and it was highly insensitive to sell his image carved on an animal skull. Inappropriate usage of Hindu deities or symbols or concepts for commercial or other agenda was not okay as it hurts the faithful.
The protest is led by Rajan Zed, president of Universal Society of Hinduism, and he has also urged Amazon.com and its president Jeffrey P. Bezos to offer a formal apology;
Hinduism is 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, Zed said.
There are about three million Hindus in USA.
This objectionable “28” Authentic Buffalo Skull with Horns & Ganesha Carving” wall-hanging with “expertly hand carved Ganesha design” and “using real bone, real horns” was priced at $449 (+ $25 shipping).