Mandalay Bay Casino to remove Lord Mahavira statue after furor

The Foundation Room, the owners of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on Wednesday announced that they will remove murtis of various Hindu and Jain deities from the venue after religious leaders, social media users objected to the highly inappropriate and disrespectful display of their deities.

Recently, social media users had shared images of the Buzzy cocktail lounge at Las Vegas and expressed their disappointment over the disrespect shown towards Lord Mahavira, the founder of Jainism, by the owners of Foundation Room at their hotel in Las Vegas.

One social media user named Abhishek Jain posted images of people posing indecently and posting images with the idols in ways that were hurtful for all the Jains across the world.

Jain also shared another set of images, where it was seen that it was not just the idols of Lord Mahavira, but also that of Hindu deity Lord Ganesha, which was being disrespected at the premises. The murti of Lord Ganesha was placed in an area where cocktails are being served.
Soon, several social media users joined the chorus and condemned the resort owners for hurting their religious sentiments.

Reportedly, there were objections from various faith groups in Northern Nevada, especially by religious leaders, who urged for the removal of the murtis from The Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay.

In a joint statement, five local religious leaders said that “placing highly revered Hindu and Jain deities to adorn a casino night-club was very disrespectful, out-of-line, and could be disturbing to the adherents of these faiths.”

These five leaders include Nevada’s Greek Orthodox Christian Priest Stephen R Karcher, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, prominent Buddhist Priest Matthew T. Fisher, well-known Jewish Rabbi Elizabeth Webb Beyer and renowned Jain leader Sulekh C Jain.

Following the outrage, the Foundation Room on Wednesday put out a statement announcing that it would remove the statues and also apologized for hurting sentiments. The Foundation Room said that they were removing the statue of Mahavira from their premises.

However, the tweet put out by them did not speak of the disrespect shown towards the Hindu deity Lord Ganesha, a murti of which has been placed at the bar.

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