THE SANATAN Dharm Pratinidhi Sabha Fiji has condemned the practice of disposing Lord Ganesh murti into the sea.
Sabha national secretary Vijendra Prakash said the practice started a few years earlier, and more and more incidents have occurred in recent years, by a minority of Sanatanis.
"This unreconciled ritual of Lord Ganesh's murti disposal is an anti-religious act by only a few, and it hurts many other divined Sanatanis in Fiji," Mr Prakash said.
"This Sabha, as well as the Brahman Sabha of Fiji, are extremely disappointed and emotionally hurt to see Lord Ganesh's murti disposed and abandoned on Nasese beach, as if the Lord of Prakirti has no value to Sanatanis."
Mr Prakash said the practice was encouraged by a priest swami who came from India more than 10 years ago.
He said that should the practice be allowed to continue, it may cause confusion and division among followers.
"The recent practice by a few is non-environmentally friendly and portrays a bad image of our Dharm," he said.
"We are trying to tell the public that we are not part of it, it is not only disturbing us, but it is being taken by other members of the community as something we are not supposed to do."
Lord Ganesh is worshipped first by Sanatanis in pooja and religious ceremonies, who believe it protects mankind from evil and bad omens.