A raunchy dance number performed last night at the Sri Arasakesari Sivan Temple at 25 Sungei Kadut Ave has irked devotees, sparking a fresh round of criticism against the Hindu Endowments Board (HEB).
Devotees are especially disappointed as the dance was performed on the night of Maha Shivaratri – a major festival in Hinduism that was observed yesterday, during which ardent devotees stay awake all night, visit temples and fast as they commemorate the solemn festival that symbolises the overcoming of ignorance and darkness in life and the world.
A video of the inappropriate performance was recorded and uploaded on social media by Facebook user Levin Kumar. In the video, the girl can be seen dancing to a song called “1234, get on the dance floor” – an item number from the Hindi movie Chennai Express. The lyrics of the song are particularly vulgar and includes inappropriate lines like “my body is waiting for you” and “booty shake”:
Many devotees expressed their shock that such a song was played at a temple, that too during a solemn occasion like Shivaratri, while some also blamed the HEB for allowing such a performance, even though the Sri Arasakesari Temple is not one of the four temples that are managed by the statutory board:
Interestingly, this does not appear to be the first time the Sri Arasakesari Temple has irked devotees. One netizen and her friend commented that a priest at the temple “insulted” her “for being Christian” when she was a mere 9 years old:
Another netizen had shared on the Temple’s Facebook page about a year ago that the priests were “not genuine or sincere” and appeared to demand money from her in exchange for the saffron paste (or “kungumam”) and milk that is offered to devotees: