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Protest against denigration of Hindu deities by Krishnaculture.com

March 19, 2015 (Chaitra Krushna Paksha Chaturdashi, Kaliyug Varsha 5116)

Protest against denigration of Hindu deities by Krishnaculture.com

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Krishnaculture.com, an online shopping portal selling various products such as T-shirts, shawls, etc. causing denigration of Hindu deities.

Alert Hindus notified Forum for Hindu Awakening (FHA), about this denigration of Hindu deities. Accordingly, Forum for Hindu Awakening wrote to Krishnaculture.com, but there has been no response from them. (The letter explaining the denigration is published on latter part of this page.)

Sale of various products having pictures of Hindu deities at below links:

Om on T-shirts

http://www.krishnaculture.com/Merchant5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=KC&Category_Code=TS-SS-T&Product_Code=&Search=&

http://www.krishnaculture.com/Merchant5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=KC&Category_Code=DSR-C&Product_Code=&Search=&

http://www.krishnaculture.com/Merchant5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=KC&Category_Code=DSR-O&Product_Code=&Search=&

Radha & Krishna on T-shirts

http://www.krishnaculture.com/Merchant5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=KC&Category_Code=DSR-RK&Product_Code=&Search=&

Shiva on T-shirts

http://www.krishnaculture.com/Merchant5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=KC&Category_Code=DSR-S&Product_Code=&Search=&

Hare Ram mantra on T-shirts

http://www.krishnaculture.com/category/DSR-T.html

Goddess on T-shirts

http://www.krishnaculture.com/Merchant5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=KC&Category_Code=DSR-G&Product_Code=&Search=&

Mantra and deities on shawl

http://www.krishnaculture.com/Merchant5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=KC&Category_Code=C-M-CG&Product_Code=&Search=&

http://www.krishnaculture.com/Merchant5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=KC&Category_Code=C-W-H&Product_Code=&Search=&

Om, Mantra and deities on T-shirts

http://www.krishnaculture.com/Merchant5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=KC&Category_Code=TS-SS-M&Product_Code=&Search=&

Hindu Deities on T-shirts

http://www.krishnaculture.com/Merchant5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=KC&Category_Code=DSR-A&Product_Code=&Search=&

Shrikrishna on T-shirts

http://www.krishnaculture.com/Merchant5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=KC&Category_Code=DSR-K&Product_Code=&Search=&

http://www.krishnaculture.com/Merchant5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=KC&Category_Code=DSR-AP&Product_Code=&Search=&

http://www.krishnaculture.com/Merchant5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=KC&Category_Code=DSR-CL&Product_Code=&Search=&

Shri Ganesh on T-shirts

http://www.krishnaculture.com/Merchant5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=KC&Category_Code=DSR-GA&Product_Code=&Search=&

Jaggannath on T-shirts

http://www.krishnaculture.com/Merchant5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=KC&Category_Code=DSR-J&Product_Code=&Search=&

Mantra on T-shirts

http://www.krishnaculture.com/Merchant5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=KC&Category_Code=DSR-M&Product_Code=&Search=&

Shri Ram and Hanuman on T-shirts

http://www.krishnaculture.com/Merchant5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=KC&Category_Code=DSR-R&Product_Code=&Search=&

Sriyantra on T-shirts

http://www.krishnaculture.com/Merchant5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=KC&Category_Code=DSR-SY&Product_Code=&Search=&

We now appeal to you to protest lawfully and peacefully against this denigration. We also suggest you write at seva@krishnaculture.com requesting them to stop this denigration.

Please see below the email sent by FHA to Krishnaculture.com

From: Hindu Awakening <protest@forumforhinduawakening.org>
Date: Thu, Mar 5, 2015 at 12:18 PM
Subject: Sale of Clothes with picture of Hindu Deity’s and religious symbols
To: seva@krishnaculture.com

Namaskar,

We at Forum for Hindu Awakening have received several complaints from devout Hindus regarding the sale of products such as T-shirts, shawls, etc. with religious symbols (Om, Sriyantra, etc.) & Hindu deities on your online shopping portal http://www.krishnaculture.com/.  Please see below some of the links where Hindu religious symbols & images of Deities have been used:

Om on T-shirts

http://www.krishnaculture.com/Merchant5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=KC&Category_Code=TS-SS-T&Product_Code=&Search=&

http://www.krishnaculture.com/Merchant5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=KC&Category_Code=DSR-C&Product_Code=&Search=&

http://www.krishnaculture.com/Merchant5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=KC&Category_Code=DSR-O&Product_Code=&Search=&

Radha & Krishna on T-shirts

http://www.krishnaculture.com/Merchant5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=KC&Category_Code=DSR-RK&Product_Code=&Search=&

Shiva on T-shirts

http://www.krishnaculture.com/Merchant5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=KC&Category_Code=DSR-S&Product_Code=&Search=&

Hare Ram mantra on T-shirts

http://www.krishnaculture.com/category/DSR-T.html

Goddess on T-shirts

http://www.krishnaculture.com/Merchant5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=KC&Category_Code=DSR-G&Product_Code=&Search=&

Mantra and deities on shawl

http://www.krishnaculture.com/Merchant5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=KC&Category_Code=C-M-CG&Product_Code=&Search=&

http://www.krishnaculture.com/Merchant5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=KC&Category_Code=C-W-H&Product_Code=&Search=&

Om, Mantra and deities on T-shirts

http://www.krishnaculture.com/Merchant5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=KC&Category_Code=TS-SS-M&Product_Code=&Search=&

Hindu Deities on T-shirts

http://www.krishnaculture.com/Merchant5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=KC&Category_Code=DSR-A&Product_Code=&Search=&

Shrikrishna on T-shirts

http://www.krishnaculture.com/Merchant5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=KC&Category_Code=DSR-K&Product_Code=&Search=&

http://www.krishnaculture.com/Merchant5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=KC&Category_Code=DSR-AP&Product_Code=&Search=&

http://www.krishnaculture.com/Merchant5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=KC&Category_Code=DSR-CL&Product_Code=&

Shri Ganesh on T-shirts

http://www.krishnaculture.com/Merchant5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=KC&Category_Code=DSR-GA&Product_Code=&Search=&

Jaggannath on T-shirts

http://www.krishnaculture.com/Merchant5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=KC&Category_Code=DSR-J&Product_Code=&Search=&

Mantra on T-shirts

http://www.krishnaculture.com/Merchant5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=KC&Category_Code=DSR-M&Product_Code=&Search=&

Shri Ram and Hanuman on T-shirts

http://www.krishnaculture.com/Merchant5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=KC&Category_Code=DSR-R&Product_Code=&Search=&

Sriyantra on T-shirts

http://www.krishnaculture.com/Merchant5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=KC&Category_Code=DSR-SY&Product_Code=&Search=&

Forum for Hindu Awakening is a nonprofit organization that strives to awaken society to the unique spiritual science underlying Hindu Dharma concepts and practices, to motivate people to live and preserve them, and to facilitate the spiritual progress of humanity. One of the ways we do this is by addressing misrepresentations of Hinduism.

According to spiritual science, the word, touch, form, taste, fragrance and the energy associated with them coexist. Whenever any image of a Deity or a divine symbol like Om is used, the divine energy also accompanies it. It helps devotees to obtain the divine or spiritual energy from it. However, when Hindu Deities and symbols are used on items like T-Shirts, shawls, etc. they are touched with dirty hands, get thrown around and once old eventually turn up in the waste bin. This amounts to denigration of revered Deities/religious symbols, which is hurtful to the religious sentiments of Hindus and insults Hinduism.  Deities’ images/religious symbols should be used only in sacred places like Temples and that too only for the purpose of worshiping them, and not on T-shirts or shawls. We feel that manufacturers use images of Hindu Deities & Hindu religious symbols to increase sales, but actually it is denigration.

We had approached a bikini manufacturer in Australia for similar reason and they withdrew their products after realizing the insult it does to Hinduism.

One US based company ‘Om Shanti Clothing’ was selling women’s undergarments on which pictures of Deities were printed. On learning about the matter, the management of the Company has since rendered apology and withdrawn such stock from the market.

Well-known German fashion brand “Front Row Society” headquartered in Berlin withdrew leggings carrying image of Lord Shiva and apologized after upset Hindus protested.

In view of above, we request you to stop advertisement/sale/manufacture of products with Hindu deities’ symbols/pictures & remove categories like Om, Sriyantra, Ram & Hanuman, Radha & Krishna, Ganesh, Shiva, etc. from your shopping portal. Awaiting your prompt action and reply.

Sincerely,

Forum for Hindu Awakening

 

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