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Women dance to Bollywood songs in Mahakal Temple, Madhya Pradesh; row of sparks

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Women dance to Bollywood songs in the MP temple; row of sparks

Two women who had gone to offer prayers at the temple shot videos while dancing to Bollywood songs and uploaded them to social media

Mahakal Temple in Ujjain.  Credit: PTI Photo

A video in which two women can be seen dancing to Bollywood songs at the Mahakaleshwar temple in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh has sparked a row, prompting the state’s interior minister to order an investigation into the matter.

The women had gone to offer prayers at the Mahakaleshwar temple two days ago. They shot videos while dancing to Bollywood songs and uploaded them to social media.

The temple leadership demanded action against the women.

According to sources, the temple priests were “quite miffed” as videos were shot inside the sanctum sanctorum and other places in the temple.

Videos were shot to the tune of Bollywood and Bhakti songs. One woman shot the video as she performed ‘jal abhishek’ in the sanctum sanctorum of the Mahakal Temple, while another filmed her as she walked around the temple premises.

Learning of the case, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra ordered an investigation.

“I have instructed the tax collector and superintendent of police to investigate the matter. Interfering with religious beliefs in any way would not be tolerated,” Mishra said.

The minister also said such activities harm the sanctity of the temple and people should refrain from doing them.

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