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Hindu anger over Playtech slot

28/5/2012
A Hindu statesman has demanded the withdrawing of a new online slot game which features two of the religion’s deities.

Developed by online providers Playtech, Lakshmi Gold is said to have outraged Hindus for its usage of the Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesh.

The five reel slot uses Lakshmi as the bonus symbol, with Ganesh employed as a wild symbol, while other regular symbols include a cow, an animal sacred to Hindus.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed has spoken out against the game, stating that inappropriate usage of Hindu deities for commercial purposes was hurtful to the religion’s followers.

“Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesh were meant to be worshiped in temples or home shrines and not for promoting gambling on an online slot for mercantile greed of an online gaming company,” he said.

Zed called for Playech to apologise and recall the game.

In Hinduism, Lakshmi is the goddess of good fortune and beauty, while Ganesh is worshipped as a god of wisdom and remover of obstacles.
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