Temple priests Mahesh and Ashish said Zomato should pull the announcement immediately and issue an apology.
Two priests at the famous Mahakal temple in Ujjain demanded on Saturday that online food delivery company Zomato remove an advertisement featuring Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan because it offends Hindu sentiments. In the ad, Roshan says he was keen to have a “thali” (food platter) in Ujjain, so he ordered from “Mahakal.”
The Mahakaleshwar or Mahakal temple of Shiva in Ujjain is one of the twelve ‘Jyotirlingas’ which attract devotees from all over the country. Temple priests Mahesh and Ashish said Zomato should pull the announcement immediately and issue an apology.
Worshipers are served “prasad” on a thali and the publicity hurts the feelings of Hindus, they claimed. They also approached Ujjain District Collector Ashish Singh who is the Chairman of Mahakal Temple Trust and demanded action against the company so that no one mocks the Hindu religion again. said the priests.
Speaking to reporters, Singh called the ad “misleading”, saying the temple offers free meals under the name “prasad” and it is not sold.