While the picture of the goddess is a commonly seen on religious posters and calenders, many Indians slammed the singer, calling the post disrespectful. [Photo Courtsey: AFP (left), posted on Katy Perry's Instagram account (right)] Photograph: (Others)
American pop singer and songwriter Katy Perry is facing the fury of Indians online after uploading an image of the Hindu goddess Kali on her Instagram account.
"Maa Kali", the Hindu goddess is known as the destroyer of evil forces.
In a short period of time, the post has received more than 2,00,000 likes and 16,000 comments, mostly Indians expressing disapproval and rage.
Many comments are abusive and have called for her to take the picture down. Perry has not removed the image or responded to the comments.
"She has disrespected our gods by simply comparing them with her mood........if u can't respect ur religion let us respect our," said user @rohan.hn4
The image is a common one and is usually seen on religious calendars and posters in India.Perry has 63.4 million followers on Instagram and is among the top 20 most followed people on the platform.
Although some fans have tried jumping to her defence, they are unable to match the number of angry Indians commenting on the post.
Perry who has posted the picture and caption on Twitter as well is being met with similar but less resentful reactions.
With 97.1 million followers, the pop singer is the most followed person on Twitter.Perry is not the only international celebrity to offend the sensitivities of Indians. Tennis star Maria Sharapova has been widely criticised for not knowing about Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar while Richard Gere was issued with an arrest warrant for kissing Indian actor Shilpa Shetty.
Recently, e-commerce giant Amazon got into trouble for retailing doormats with the Indian flag. The company was forced to apologise after India's foreign minister threatened action.
The post has received more than 2,00,000 likes and 16,000 comments, mostly Indians expressing disapproval and rage