He took to Twitter to defend his decision of getting the religious tattoo. Kunal, who shared a photograph of the inking on his official page on the micro-blogging platform on Monday, has even removed the snapshot.

"For some of you who have taken offence to my tattoo, I endured seven hours of pain to make it a part of my body. Only after a lot of thought and artistic and personal consideration, I chose to do it where I have," Kunal tweeted.

"I would never disrespect the god that I love so much so as to make him a part of me for the rest of my life. My heart and conscience are clean," he added.

The actor, who recently got engaged to his long-time lady love Soha Ali Khan, wrote that "the only reason I'm even writing this is because I won't let anyone take that away from me by saying hurtful things and misconstruing my silence".

"I treat my gods with love and respect like I do (with) my body, and how I choose to express my devotion, does not need anybody's approval. If my sharing it with you has offended you then, I apologize and I have taken it off from the social platform," he said.

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