Doing yoga in Golden Temple proved costly for social media influencer? Received death threats, SGPC filed FIR, people came in support of the girl

Golden Temple Dispute: Social media influencer A woman said she is receiving death threats on social media after performing yoga inside the famous Golden Temple in Punjab, India. Instagram influencer and yoga practitioner Archana Makwana visited the Golden Temple on June 21 and celebrated International Yoga Day by performing 'her favourite' Shashank Asana inside the premises. The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), the body responsible for the administration of the temple, immediately condemned her action. A police complaint was even filed against Archana Makwana for 'hurting' Sikh sentiments and dignity.
 

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Why did the SGPC object?
According to SGPC chief Harjinder Singh Dhami, the woman left the temple without offering prayers. Dhami also accused the woman of deliberately ignoring the sanctity and historical significance of the holy place and committing a 'heinous act'. Golden Temple general manager Bhagwant Singh Dhangera objected to the woman posting photos and videos on social media. He said, “On checking the CCTV cameras, it was found that she performed yoga at 7.04 am after entering the premises at 6.57 am. She spent about an hour in parikrama, but she did not show any devotion during her stay.” The SGPC sacked three of its employees for negligence and imposed a fine of about Rs 5,000 on them.
 

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Woman was threatened with death, she apologized while crying
Woman receives death threats Amid the controversy, social media influencer Archana Makwana has now removed all the photos and videos of her visit to the holy place from social media and has apologised. Makwana said, “I did not know that practising yoga at the Gurdwara Sahib premises could be offensive to some people, as I was just paying my tribute and I did not intend to cause any harm to anyone.” She said she has been receiving death threats and abuses from people on social media. She has vowed not to repeat the 'same mistake' again. She further added, “I sincerely apologise for whatever pain I have caused and promise to be more careful in the future. Please accept my sincere apology.”
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