Los Angeles, CA (CNS) – Heidi Klum’s Halloween costume has sparked outrage from religious groups. Hindu and Indo-American statesman Rajan Zed said the supermodel hurt the feelings of devotees when she attended a costume party as Goddess Kali.
Zed said in a statement, “Goddess Kali is highly revered in Hinduism and she is meant to be worshipped in temples and not to be used in clubs for publicity stunts or thrown around loosely for dramatic effects.”
“Hindus welcome Hollywood and other entertainment industries to immerse themselves in Hinduism, but they should take it seriously and respectfully, and not just use the religion for decoration or to advance their selfish agenda. Casual flirting sometimes results in pillaging serious spiritual doctrines and revered symbols and hurting the devotees.”
Other Hindu leaders, including Jawahar L. Khurana of the Hindu Alliance of India and Bhavna Shinde of Hindu Janajagruti Samiti, also criticized the German catwalk beauty for posing as the Hindu goddess associated with death and destruction.
Klum told reporters at the Halloween costume party in New York that the costume was her assistant’s idea.
She said, “My husband (singer Seal) and I were in India last year, so she said, ‘Why don’t you do an Indian goddess? Like a scary Indian goddess?’ And I said ‘OK!'”