Hindus are still upset with “Ganesh Versus the Third Reich” play which had its world premiere at Melbourne Festival on September 29, 2011 and now reportedly having a new season in Sydney inner-city suburb Eveleigh from March 12-15.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that Hindus felt that depiction of their highly revered deities Lord Ganesh, Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu was quite inappropriate and disrespectful in the play.
According to reports, in the play Lord Ganesh was handcuffed by Nazis and interrogated, compared with King Kong and Spiderman, his attire was disrespectful and there was reference of him drinking wine. The actor who played Lord Ganesh reportedly uttered obscenities after taking his mask off, Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, pointed out.
Rajan Zed argued that undue trivialization of Lord Ganesh was hurtful to the devotees who worshipped him in temples and home shrines.
Zed had earlier stated that Lord Ganesh was divine and theater/film/art were welcome to create projects about/around him showing his true depiction as mentioned in the scriptures. Creating irrelevant imaginary imagery hurt the faithful.
One of most widely worshipped deities in Hinduism; Lord Ganesh is regarded as god of wisdom and good luck, patron of learning and remover of obstacles, and invoked at the commencement of all undertakings. Hinduism is oldest and third largest religion of the world with about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal.