Lord Ganesha

Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed, four-armed Hindu god who rides a mouse, is one of the Hinduism’s most sacred deities. Worshiped by all sects, he is the lord of success and the destroyer of evils, and worshiped as the god of education, wisdom and wealth. Recently, his image on yoga pants has caused some offence to the Hindu community. As reported by the Brisbane Times over the weekend, Gold Coast clothing company Flow Yoga Wear, is offering the yoga pants depicting Lord Ganesha, and has done for some time. After the US-based president of the Universal Society of Hinduism condemned the the use of the deity’s image on yoga wear earlier this month, an spokesman for the Hindu Council of Australia, Karthi Subramanian reportedly echoed the sentiment and called the use of the Lord Ganesha’s image on leggings “insensitive” and likened its use on the pants similar to the insensitivity shown to the indigenous community by climbing Uluru. Flow Yoga Wear owner, Kylie Morris, was seeking guidance from the Hindu community, her customers and her conscience.

 

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