Smith added to Hindu pantheon

Monday, December 5th, 2005 - 10:57 am PST

It has been said that Hinduism is a religion with 330 million gods. Better make that 330,000,001. This week, The Rev. Brendan Powell Smith was officially inducted to the Hindu pantheon where he will be worshipped as a god of iconoclasm. Indian president Amitabh Bachchan was present this morning for the groundbreaking ceremony of the first mandir devoted to Rev. Smith. While Smith will be the primary deity, other gods will have smaller shrines at the temple, including Hanuman, Ganesh, and Kali. For reasons as yet unclear, Smith will be depicted with five faces and three arms, or alternatively represented by a lingam.