Burger King has angered Hindus around the world with an advertisement that puts a revered Indian goddess next to a big whopper, the Telegraph reports. The ad, which appeared in Spain, shows the goddess Lakshmi sitting above a beef burger.
The 'Texican Whopper' is an affront to Hindu sensitivities in its own right - it includes an all-beef patty, a beef chilli-con-carne slice, egg-based Cajun mayonnaise, all forbidden by strict Hindus. Some devotees would even be offended by the inclusion of onions which they believe inflame passions.
But it is the depiction of Lakshmi which has provoked widespread anger with its suggestion that a Hindu deity eats beef.
The Telegraph reports that Burger King withdrew the posters and apologized to the Hindu community.
Burger King issued the apology a day after the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) asked the company to remove the advertisement, Hindustan reports.