The lingerie photoshoot images of Rihanna wearing a Ganesha pendant were all the rage in India.
Pop icon Rihanna has been accused of making fun of a Hindu god after being photographed topless with a Ganesha pendant around her neck.
Images from the hot Indian lingerie photoshoot came just weeks after Rihanna upset the Indian government over commenting on huge farmer protests.
The latest tweet to the superstar’s more than 100 million Twitter followers is part of the promotions for Rihanna Savage X Fenty’s lingerie line.
The photo was also shared on her Instagram account, which has 91.4 million subscribers.
Social media users and politicians in India said his post was “derogatory,” accusing him of disrespecting Hindu gods and harming local sentiment.
“It is appalling how @Rihanna shamefully mocks our beloved Hindu god #Ganesha,” tweeted Ram Kadam, a state lawmaker from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu-nationalist party. “It shows how #Rihanna has no idea or respect for culture, tradition and our Indian issues here.”
The right-wing Hindu World Council said it had filed complaints to police against Facebook and Twitter for hosting the photo and demanded action against Rihanna’s social media accounts.
Several followers on Rihanna’s social media accounts have questioned her fashion statement.
“You are wearing a deity necklace and a Murthi [image of a deity] of my culture which has already been sufficiently culturally appropriate over the past few years, ”said one follower.
“How is it okay when a person has more resources than enough to at least find out the meaning and significance of the chains and the pendant around their neck?”
Ganesha is highly revered in Hinduism and is meant to be revered in temples or domestic shrines.
Some Hindus wear Ganesha pendants as a symbol of their faith, but they do not adorn them as fashion accessories.
Earlier this month, tweets from Rihanna and other celebrities about farmers’ protests in India against new farm laws angered India’s Foreign Ministry, which called their comments “sensational.”
Critics say Hindu nationalism has increased in officially secular India under Modi’s Bharatiya Janata party.