'Non-Hindu' Sara Ali Khan stirs up controversy with Kashi Vishwanath temple visit
Bollywood actor Sara Ali Khan’s visit to Kashi Vishwanath temple triggered a controversy and made many devotees unhappy
During the weekend we saw many pictures and videos of Sara Ali Khan in Varanasi. Sara took to Instagram to share glimpses of her V-blog in which we see her walking through the crowded lanes of Varanasi.
She is seen exploring shops and seems to be quite attracted by colourful bangles. She captioned the post with some poetry, in English this time. Sara captioned video stating, “Namaste Darshako Banaras ki galliyo se... oh what a lovely day So much fun- such little you pay If only in Varanasi one could stay…”.
She was also seen attending the evening Ganga aarti with her mother Amrita Singh which is considered auspicious by Hindus. As the pictures of the aarti went viral, Kashi Vikas Samiti has now complained about the actress' visit to the holy land of Hindus by saying that Sara is a non-Hindu.
According to reports, Kashi Vikas Samiti is demanding an inquiry and action against saints who are responsible behind Sara Ali Khan and her mother’s trip to the temple and the ghats.
Secretary of the Samiti, Chandra Shekhar Kapoor said, "The actor's visit to the temple is against traditions and established norms. It also raises questions on the security of the temple when there is a signboard clearly stating that the entry of 'non-Hindus' is prohibited."
In an interview with a media channel, priest Rakesh Mishra said that Sara would be known by the religion of her father, Saif Ali Khan, who is a Muslim. He added, "Though we appreciate her interest in the Hindu religion, the fact remains that she is a Muslim and she should not have participated in the rituals. For her, all this could be 'interesting and exciting' but for us, it is a matter of religious piety."
However, another priest Amarnath Bajpai supported Sara Ali Khan saying that she was accompanied by her mother, Amrita Singh, who is a Hindu.
Sara Ali Khan is currently in Varanasi shooting for her upcoming film Atrangi Re helmed by Aanand L Rai. The movie also features Dhanush and Akshay Kumar.