CHENNAI: A foreign woman taking bath under a street tap and performing yoga in a temple were reason enough for locals at Alandur on Thursday to send an SOS to the police only to find that she was a harmless yoga practitioner who was merely enjoying the ambience of the Draupathi Amman Temple.
The residents were initially amused when they found the woman taking bath on the street wearing just a two-piece bikini around 6 am.
Even as some residents were wondering about the unusual behaviour of the foreigner, she dressed and walked into the Draupathi Amman Temple, quite a famous shrine in the area.
“She walked inside the temple and did not speak to anyone. She went to a corner and started performing yoga asanas. The priest was a bit upset over this as she did not inform or seek permission,” said a resident.
When the priest and a few locals tried to strike a conversation with her and apparently asked her to stop performing the asanas, the woman was irked which was evident from her behaviour. However, not able to understand what she was saying, the locals called the police for help. Police personnel, who arrived at the spot, could not understand English, which was the only language the woman spoke, and a woman sub-inspector from the Alandur police station was summoned.
Apparently annoyed by the unwelcome attention, the woman showed the sub-inspector her UK passport and the tourist visa on which she was travelling in India. She identified herself as Dhara Asir. “She explained that she was interested in learning yoga for which she has come here and started performing the asanas as she liked the ambience of the temple,” said a police officer.
The police were convinced soon as her documents were proper. Local sources said the woman was later seen moving around the temple until 9 am.