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Japanese Animation series Dragon Ball Super portrays Lord Ganesh as one of the ‘evil gods of destruction’

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Lord Ganesha, Pixabay

Japan, Feb 8, 2017: Dragon Ball Super is a popular Japanese animated television series, which released its fifth season Universe Survival Saga and has faced overt criticism from a community leader from the US over the portrayal of Lord Ganesha as one of the eight ‘evil gods of destruction’.

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“It is trivialisation of our highly revered deity and a distortion Lord Ganesha is worshipped as god of wisdom and remover of obstacles and was invoked before the beginning of any major undertaking,” said Rajan Zed, a social activist in a statement on his website.

Dragon Ball Super Opening Logo, Wikimedia

Zed urged Toei Animation Company Limited of Tokyo, the producers, and FUNimation Entertainment of Texas to withdraw the character from the series which resembled Lord Ganesha. “Inappropriate usage of Hindu deities or concepts for commercial purposes is not okay as it hurts the devotees,” he said to PTI.

“Hinduism is the oldest and third largest religion of the world with about one billion adherents and a rich philosophical thought. It should not be taken frivolously. Symbols of any faith, larger or smaller, should not be mishandled,” Zed noted.

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  1. You want to talk about misinformation, and all the while people from all over the world are correcting you on your piss poor article; you have no idea what you are talking about. I know what this is trying to achieve, and I don’t believe for one second that it “matters” to anyone whether it came from the US, or from an uneducated agenda that stinks of pure dog shit and screams stupidity, and a most saddening hypocrisy in all, but no, the origin of the matter, that only matters to you, a nameless incompetent, a nobody in the field of journalism; you are a nobody, a nothing of a “correspondent” again, I know your intentions. Perhaps you should know that there are many extinct religions which happen to predate Hinduism, the fact that it is a scripted religion disproves it’s title as “oldest” and even Jainism is the oldest known religion in the world in that regard. This character is not Ganesh, nor does he represent anything “real” in our history. He is quite possibly the Lord and God of Destruction of Universe 10, in a fictional multiverse, that exists in a plane whose pillars are founded on neutrality, balance, and peace. Also in short, there does not exist any season 4, 3, nor 2, not even season 1 for this show, I cannot fathom where you’ve happened upon this “fifth” season you speak of. You have failed, and maybe your country, and community would do well, and far better to OBJECTIVELY report on the current state of India as a nation, which is deplorable, $130 billion in public funds spent on statues and not on, yes, the public itself.

  2. You want to talk about misinformation, and all the while people from all over the world are correcting you on your pis’poor article; you have no idea what you are talking about. I know what this is trying to achieve, and I don’t believe for one second that it “matters” to anyone whether it came from the US, or from an uneducated agenda that stinks of pure ignorance and screams stupidity, and a most saddening hypocrisy in all, but no, the origin of the matter, that only matters to you, a nameless incompetent, a nobody in the field of journalism; you are a nobody, a nothing of a “correspondent” again, I know your intentions. Perhaps you should know that there are many extinct religions which happen to predate Hinduism, the fact that it is a scripted religion disproves it’s title as “oldest” and even Jainism is the oldest known religion in the world in that regard. This character is not Ganesh, nor does he represent anything “real” in our history. He is quite possibly the Lord and God of Destruction of Universe 10, in a fictional multiverse, that exists in a plane whose pillars are founded on neutrality, balance, and peace. Also in short, there does not exist any season 4, 3, nor 2, not even season 1 for this show, I cannot fathom where you’ve happened upon this “fifth” season you speak of. You have failed, and maybe your country, and community would do well, and far better to OBJECTIVELY report on the current state of India as a nation, which is deplorable, $130 billion in public funds spent on statues and not on, yes, the public itself. Shameful. Thats all.

  3. I belong to Hindu religion. I watch dragon ball super. There is absolutely nothing offending in Dragon ball super. This article is bull shit. First of all its just an Anime. The anime has no religious agenda nothing. Dragon ball Z/super always had characters with funny shapes(To show that those characters are aliens from other planets) . The recent episodes feature a character with elephants head and humans body. Thats all. Cant an Anime/movie or anything have evil characters with beards because he may resemble jesus christ? What kind of thinking is this? If any one here is demeaning Hindu religion, that is the so called Hindu social activist supposedly being offended by dragon ball super. I request the so called Hindu social activist to read Bhahavad Gita.

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‘You Never Lamb Alone’: Indian Christians Raise Objections to Ad Campaign by Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) Featuring Gods to Sell Meat

The advertisements feature Lord Ganesha, revered in India, Lord Buddha, Jesus Christ, Thor, Zeus and others seated at a table enjoying what is a sumptuous non-vegetarian feast

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Unite Over The Meat More People Can Eat | You Never Lamb Alone advertisement by MLA. Youtube

Mumbai, Sep 12, 2017: The Catholic Secular Forum (CSF) on Monday raised strong objections to a new Australian advertising campaign featuring revered Hindu and Christians gods and other mythical figures to ‘sell’ its red meat and meat products.

CSF Founder-General Secretary Joseph Dias said the latest advertising campaign by Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) is “bad in taste and offensive to all” and sought boycott of MLA and a ban of their products.

The advertisements feature the elephant-headed God, Lord Ganesha, revered in India, Lord Buddha, Jesus Christ, Thor, Zeus and others seated at a table enjoying what is a sumptuous non-vegetarian feast.

The ads have reportedly made an oblique reference to Prophet Mohammed, who is not pictured but is heard excusing himself from the party through a mobile phone call since he has to pick-up a child from daycare.

What has hurt Christians is that the caricature of Jesus Christ who performs what is termed as a ‘reverse miracle’ by turning wine into water so a Grecian goddess, who is a ‘designated driver’ can drive home safely, Dias said.

“We have written to Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj to take note of these ‘insensitive advertisements’ and raise the issue with the top authorities in Australia immediately. We also demand that MLA Chairman Michele Allan and MD Richard Norton withdraw the ads and tender an apology,” Dias told IANS.

Besides writing to Sushma Swaraj, the CSF has shot off emails to Australian Deputy High Commissioner in Mumbai Martin Huber, Indian High Commissioner to Australia Harinder Sidhu and other top officials raising serious objections to the MLA campaign.

“The CSF has always protested against commercial exploitation of religious figures for profit, irrespective of which religion the figures belong to. The MLA ads have hurt not only followers of different faiths, but atheists and agnostics all over,” Dias pointed out.

He termed the campaign as ‘culturally insensitive’ to vegans and communities like Hindus, Jains or Buddhists and said Lord Ganesha is a vegetarian and meat is never offered to him, as depicted in the MLA ads.

Dias warned that unless MLA yanks off the offensive ad campaign and apologises, the global Catholic community would be compelled to boycott its products as “there are many alternatives available worldwide”. (IANS)

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This Ancient Lord Ganesha Temple in Rajasthan Collects 1000 Letters Everyday by Devotees

The Trinity Ganesha's temple is the only temple to house Ganesha’s family

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Trinity Ganesha Temple
Idol of Lord Ganesha. Wikimedia
  • This famous temple is located in Ranthambore Fort and is known as the Trinity Ganesha Temple
  • In this temple, the postman delivers about a 1000 letters every day
  • The priest presents all the hand written letters to Lord Ganesha

Rajasthan, August 31, 2017: In today’s era of electronic messaging and social media connectivity, scribbled letters have turned almost superfluous. However, such is not the case in this distinguished Lord Ganesha’s temple.

In this temple, the postman delivers about a 1000 letters every day. The address of the temple reads: Trinetra Ganesha Temple, Sawai Madhopur, Ranthambore, Rajasthan, 322021

This popular temple is located in Ranthambore Fort and is known as the Trinity Ganesha Temple. The priest presents all the hand written letters to Lord Ganesha.

It is believed that Lord Ganesha, popularly known was “Vighnaharta” (remover of hurdles) eliminates all the problems of the worshippers and fulfills their desires written in the letters. These letters are then recited by the clerics of the temple.

Marriage invitations are posted 15 days prior so that it can be offered to the deity in time.

One night, King Hammir dreamt of Lord Ganesha, who assured him that all his problems would be resolved. The temple was constructed in the 13th century by King Hammiradeva after Lord Ganesha came to his dream.
While Hammiradeva fought the battle with Jalaluddin Khilji for several years, he ran out of funds and capital.
Right after the dream, King Hammir won the war and constructed the temple devoted to Lord Ganesha in Ranthambore.

The Trinity Ganesha’s temple is the only temple to house Ganesha’s family with idols of his wives- ‘Ridhi and Sidhi’ and his two sons- ‘Shub and Labh’, along with his sawari – mushak (mouse).


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Celebrate this Ganesh Chaturthi with Over Loaded Zeal and Vigor at Delhi Haat

Most awaited 10-days long Ganesh Utsav has started today. Enjoy a wide variety of Modak during this Ganesh Chaturthi.

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Lord Ganesha's idol on Ganesh Chaturthi
Lord Ganesha's idol on Ganesh Chaturthi. Wikimedia.
  • Time to welcome Lord Ganesha in our homes has arrived.
  • Celebrate this Ganesh Chaturthi with lots and lots of Modaks.
  • Visit Delhi Haat, INA to enjoy this Ganesh Chaturthi with pomp and gaiety.

New Delhi, August 25, 2017: Celebrate this Ganesh Chaturthi with over loaded zeal and vigor at Delhi Haat, INA, as Delhi Tourism in collaboration with M/S Sarvajanik Utsav Samiti is organizing the year’s most awaited 10-days long Ganesh Utsav here, from August 25 to September 4, 2017.

Ganesh Chaturthi is also known as Ganesha Utsav or Vinayak Chaturthi. Lord Ganesha is considered as the lord of prosperity. He is considered as the one removes all the obstacles and brings in the fortune.

Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most sacred and auspicious festivals in Indian culture. This fervor festival commences on the birth anniversary of elephant god of India during the Bhadrapada month of Hindu calendar. It is commemorated by installing Lord Ganesha’s idol at homes or public pandals.

Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations
A pandal for Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations. Pixabay

With high festive spirits in their heart, people embellish pandals with colorful flowers and dazzling lights. The music system is also installed to play bhajans and aartis. A traditional ambiance is created by devotees in the pandal.

During the 10-days long Ganesha Utsav, morning and evening prayers are offered to the deity. Vedic hymns and Hindu texts are chanted. The Indian sweet dumpling also called modak, is what everybody waits for. It is the main attraction of this festive season. It is considered as the Lord Ganesha’s favorite sweet. After offering the modak to Lord Ganesha, it is distributed among the people as prasadam. At various places, Langars(community meal) is also organized for the devotees. Others sweets and savories such as karanji, Kheer, Puran Polis etc., also adds more sweetness in this festive season.

Lord Ganesha's favourite sweet "MODAK"
Lord Ganesha’s favorite sweet “MODAK”. Wikimedia

Various pandals, also set up tableaux (jhanki) of Lord Ganesha. These tableaux represent some events from the Lord Ganesha’s life. At some places, children and even adults dress up in Lord Ganesha costume to become a part of these tableaux.

At Delhi Haat, INA, a temporary pandal for Lord Ganesha has been setup. Morning and evening prayers are also performed. You can also enjoy the other events in Delhi Haat, INA. Every evening during this festive season, Delhi Haat, INA, will organize cultural shows and performances by the artists of various genres.

“Delhi Haat offers tantalizing glimpses of the vast storehouse of the Indian Culture by holding regional festivals at its open air theatre”, mentioned Delhi Tourism report.

This is a great place to tempt your taste buds with all sorts of dishes. You can relish yourself with these wide variety food stalls in Delhi Haat.

Do visit Delhi Haat, INA to enjoy this Ganesh Chaturthi to the fullest.

How to reach Delhi Haat, INA:
Address: Delhi Haat, West Kidwai Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110023                               Nearest Metro station: INA                                                                                       Click on this link to get the exact location on Google maps.

https://www.google.co.in/maps/place/Delhi+Haat/@28.550589,77.1548241,11.43z/data=!4m8!1m2!2m1!1sdelhi+haat,+INA,SOUTH+DELHI!3m4!1s0x390ce263a7a30d5b:0x32405cf05342652b!8m2!3d28.572745!4d77.2090213

prepared by Shivani Chowdhary of NewsGram. Twitter @cshivani31