US Hindus object to 'Kali Ma' as blood drink

Last Updated: Sun, May 13, 2012 18:33 hrs

Nevada, May 13 (IBNS) A US baded Hindu group has strongly objected to "The 700 Level" Philadelphia (USA) sports website of Comcast SportsNet owned by NBCUniversal article urging Philadelphia Flyers, in a game with New Jersey Devils, both professional ice hockey teams of NHL-"Stop Playing Like You Just Drank the Blood of Kali Ma".

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) said that Goddess Kali was highly revered in Hinduism and she was meant to be worshipped in temples and home shrines and not used for drinking the blood out of her as irrelevantly mentioned by the commentator in this article dated May six.

This was highly inappropriate and hurtful to the feelings of about one billion Hindus spread worldwide, he said.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, urged for immediate removal of inappropriate language from this website regarding Goddess Kali and publication of an apology from NBCUniversal Chief Executive Officer Stephen B. Burke, Comcast Corporation Chairman Brian L. Roberts and NBC Sports Group Chairman Mark Lazarus.

Few months back, NBC Chicago television station website reportedly labeled Hindu deities as "weird" in a commentary on a NHL game between Nashville Predators and Chicago Blackhawks, but it was removed within hours after Hindus protested.

Last year also, US Hindus were perturbed to see the portrayal of Lord Ganesh as a sex act on NBC's Saturday Night Live demonstrated by actors Jim Carrey and Kenan Thomson, mocking elephant-headed Lord Ganesh and his trunk in the process, Rajan Zed pointed out.

Goddess Kali, who personifies Sakti or divine energy, is widely worshipped in Hinduism.

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