Hindu Janajagruti Samiti has received complaints from Hindus about a website called “Cyber Temples of Gods” which shows a nude picture of Goddess Lakshmi. The website also has some incorrect information on the rituals performed during the Hindu festival, Diwali. It says that meat is needed in these rituals. Below are the links to the website:
Goddess Lakshmi: http://www.angelfire.com/nc2/cybertemples/Lakshmi.html
Diwali information: http://www.angelfire.com/nc2/cybertemples/Vishnu.html
Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) has contacted the owner of the website via email. Website’s Mrs. Ginger Strivelli was informed of this grave denigration. (The protest letter is included at the end of this page). However, HJS has not received any response whatsoever, from her.
We now appeal to the devout Hindus to protest peacefully and lawfully against this sheer denigration of Goddess Lakshmi and also ask the website owner to exhibit correct information on Hindu festivals.
Devout Hindus are registering their protests on the following contacts :
Website owner : Ginger Strivelli
Letter sent from HJS to the website
Subject : Complaints about nude image of Goddess Lakshmi in your article
Namaste, dear Mrs. Ginger Strivelli.
We at Hindu Janajagruti Samiti have received complaints from Hindus regarding your articles at:
Hindu Janajagruti Samiti is a registered NGO in India doing social, Hindu Dharma related and national welfare work. Samiti is also active throughout the world, educating people about Hindu Dharma in a scientific way, campaigning against malpractices done in Hindu Dharma related practices and solving problems related to misrepresentation of Hindu Dharma. For further details please refer to our website www.HinduJagruti.org.
We are sending this letter to you to inform two errors on your website. These were brought to our attention by concerned devout Hindus. We commend you for your effort to spread awareness of Hinduism through your webpage, but the factual errors mentioned below need to be addressed in order for your webpage to represent Hinduism correctly.
1. On your website you have an image of Goddess Lakshmi in the nude. According to the Law of Karma, representing Deities in nude amounts to sin and one has to undergo its consequences. The depiction of Goddess Lakshmi in the nude is a denigration of Hinduism and also hurts the sentiments of millions of Hindus wordlwide. As per Hinduism, Deities are eternal principles of God that carry out different functions in the universe. Every principle is associated with sound, word, touch, form, taste, smell and energy. To depict a Deity in a form through a picture or idol, there are very specific rules to be followed as per Holy Hindu scriptures. Not conforming to leads to denigration and loss of Divine Consciousness from the picture, leading to a grave sin. So we request you to remove this image from your website.
2. Your suggestion of offering meat during the Diwali puja ritual is a factually incorrect statement. Everything, living or non-living, is constituted of 3 basic components, Sattva, Raja and Tama. The vibrations emitted by anything are dependent on its predominant subtle basic component. For any Hindu puja ritual, the materials used for the ritual are supposed to emit the utmost positive vibrations (Sattva) in the purest form, items like turmeric, sandalwood paste, vermilion, flowers, etc. Meat is associated with the spiritually impure Tama component and hence is not a recommended offering for the Diwali puja rituals.
Considering the denigration caused by the above mentioned nude image of Goddess Lakshmi and the incorrect information about offering meat during Diwali puja, we hope that you will remove both of them immediately from your website to prevent incorrect information being spread about Hinduism.