Selena, 22, was in the city to usher in the New Year with friends including Kendall Jenner, Shay Mitchell, Cody Simpson, and Gigi Hadid, reported US magazine.
The Instagram picture got criticism for the singer as the pose was deemed as a sign of impropriety.
"I was just thinking, why purposely go to a sacred place and do something considered disrespectful?" a comment read.
Selena, however, did not comment on the controversy.