Hindus upset Lord Ganesha image use on Czech beer bottles

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Hindu officials have asked a Czech Republic brewery to remove images of Indian deity Lord Ganesha from beer bottles. Hindu statesman Rajan Zed said in a statement Monday it was “inappropriate” for Primator Brewery or any other alcohol brand to use images of Ganesha and other deities on bottles of Primator IPA, which has 6.7% alcohol by volume.

The president of Nevada’s Universal Society of Hinduism said it was “disrespectful” for alcohol companies to use Ganesha, a popular idol with an elephant’s head and four arms, for commercial purposes or any other means besides worship as it “hurts the devotees” or people following Hindu practices. Zed said it was particularly hurtful to use any kind of deity to promote alcoholic products, especially in regards to Hinduism, which does not encourage alcohol consumption.

Primator Brewery, which is based in Náchod, distributes beer in the U.S., Russia, Brazil, Israel, South Korean, Spain, France, Sweden, Italy and the U.K.

In Hinduism, Ganesha is revered as a god of wisdom and remover of obstacles. Many Hindus pray to Genesha before starting a new venture or any kind of major undertaking.

There are more than 2.1 million Hindus living in the United States, according to Pew Research Center.

Source by: Internet

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