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Perturbed Hindus Urge Portland Brewery Not to Release 'Kali-Ma' BeerSalem-News.com
Goddess Kali, who personifies Sakti or divine energy, is widely worshipped in Hinduism.
(PORTLAND, OR) - Upset Hindus have urged Portland, Oregon based Burnside Brewing Company not to release its “Kali-Ma” beer proposed for May 15, calling it inappropriate.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, said that inappropriate usage of Hindu deities or concepts or symbols for commercial or other agenda was not okay as it hurt the devotees.
Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, stressed that Goddess Kali was highly revered in Hinduism and she was meant to be worshipped in temples and not to be used in selling beer for mercantile greed.
Hinduism was the oldest and third largest religion of the world with about one billion adherents and a rich philosophical thought and it should not be taken lightly. Symbols of any faith, larger or smaller, should not be mishandled, Rajan Zed argued.
According to an announcement on "The Full Pint", an online craft beer news publication, Burnside Brewing is releasing “Kali-Ma” on Tuesday, May 15.
It shows the picture of goddess with four arms and three severed heads. Jason McAdam is the brew-master at the Company which is also organizing Annual Portland Fruit Beer Festival on June 9-10.
Goddess Kali, who personifies Sakti or divine energy, is widely worshipped in Hinduism. She is considered the goddess of time and change.
Some Bengali poets described her as supreme deity. Moksh (liberation) is the ultimate goal of Hinduism.
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