Shoe garland on Budhha statue

I was shocked to see a statue of Lord Buddha with a garland of footwear in Geneva, Switzerland. Do the shopkeepers not get any other idea to attract customers other than by hanging shoes on a statue of Gautam Buddha? The The 4-feet wooden statue is also highlighted with spotlights. It hurts to see a great man who renounced earthly pleasures and found enlightenment is being treated in this manner.

buddhaThis is not the first time that such incident has happened. In the past, the portrayal of Hindu deities on undergarments and toilet seats had enraged the Indian community.

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