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NYC Shop Criticized for Selling Chocolate Figurine of Hindu God

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    An East Village shop that sells religious chocolate figurines has come under attack from a Hindu organization.

    The Universal Society of Hinduism has asked Bond Street Chocolate to withdraw its edible elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesh.

    Society President Rajan Zed says the chocolate statues are an insult to Hindus.

    The New York Times says Zed is the society's only-full-time staff member. He's a frequent critic of the nonreligious use of Hindu imagery. He's challenged the Brooklyn Museum in the past over a mural depicting the deity Kali. He also got Urban Outfitters to stop selling a Ganesh duvet cover.

    But shop owner Lynda Stern says all spiritual icons in her store are treated equally. She also sells a chocolate Jesus, Moses and Buddha.