A new game, Fate/Grand Order or FGO, developed by Japanese company Delightworks Inc. depicts Goddess Parvati as a servant or a maid, which has upset the global Hindu community.
Trivializing of the Hindu deity has prompted noted Hindu statesman Rajan Zed to request the Tokyo headquartered Delightworks Inc. to withdraw the goddess Parvati character from its free-to-play FGO video game, which goes with the tagline – “This is a story about taking back our future.”
Zed, president of Universal Society of Hinduism, has objected that in this mobile game set-up, the gamer becomes the master who summons and commands all the “servants” to control their actions, which includes Goddess Parvati as one of the characters in the game. The goddess has been shown as a belly-dancer in the game that has infuriated the Hindus. Zed said that controlling and manipulating any Hindu deity by the game-player was denigration. Goddess Parvati is meant to be worshiped in temples and home shrines and not to be reduced to being a “servant” in a video game for virtual wins and losses.
Zed says that Hindus were all for freedom of expression and speech much like everyone else, if not more. However, this liberty must not be taken for granted and be used to hurt the sentiments of Hindus. Faith is something sacred and must not be played with under any circumstance.
The game features Goddess Parvati carrying a trishula, which is supposedly her main weapon. Also, her performance increases when she partners with the Nandi bull. It is to be remembered that trishula is Lord Shiva’s main weapon whereas Nandi bull is His mount. Zed also feels that such misinformation simply goes on to create confusion among non-Hindus about Hinduism.