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Hindu Groups Demand Recall of Monkey God Plush Toy

India Post , Posted: Feb 20, 2010

NEW YORK -- Some Hindu activists are demanding that a plush toy based on the Hindu god, Hanuman, be withdrawn, reports India Post.

Kridana, a Pennsylvania-based company, specializes in toys based on Hindu epics. Rajan Zed, a Nevada-based priest and president of the Universal Society of Hinduism, said that it would send an erroneous message to children that they could control Hanuman and other deities.

Hanuman, the son of the wind god, is worshipped all over India and is widely recognized as the monkey god because he has the form of a monkey. Bhavna Shinde of the Forum for Hindu Awakening called on Kridana to stay true to the scriptures and show respect to the deities. Shinde stressed Hanuman is meant to be worshipped in shrines not thrown around on the floor or used as a ball or pillow.

Kridana describes "Hanuman plush" as "squeezably soft" and "super-cuddly" and says its toys connects children to "millennia of tradition and culture."


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