Newly married actor Nayanthara and her husband Vignesh Shivan have been caught up in a controversy while visiting Tirupati Temple in Tirupati. The newlyweds apparently received legal notice for wearing shoes inside the temple premises and performing photo shoots. In the photos that have gone viral on the internet, Nayanthara was seen walking through the shrine’s premises wearing her shoes.
Shivan sent a letter of apology to the board of Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam.
He wrote, “Dear All, We always wanted our wedding to take place in Tirupati but due to logistical reasons it was not possible and we had to have our wedding in Chennai. To end our wedding in a healthy way, we made sure to head straight to Tirupati. from our wedding venue (without going home) to watch the Sami Kalyanam and receive the blessings of Lord Balaji to whom we have the greatest devotion. We had a wonderful darshan and wanted to click a photo outside the temple to have that day in our memory and to feel like the wedding ended here as per our wish but due to the crowds and chaos, we had to leave the place and return at a time when there was less commotion. didn’t realize we had our shoes on when we came back later for the quick photo outside the temple. We are a couple who go to temples regularly and have tremendous faith in God. We have been to Thirumala almost 5 times in the last 30 days to try and have our wedding there! “
He continued and said, “We sincerely apologize to those we may have offended and we mean no disrespect to the lord we love. We are grateful for the love and wishes we have received from all the world for our special day and we hope you continue to shower us with only the positivity we need from you.”
According to Head of Security Vigilance of Tirumala Tirupati Council Desvasthanam Narasimha Kishore, wearing sandals inside the temple premises is strictly prohibited.
Informing that they will send a legal notice to the actor soon, he added, “We are sending notices to Nayanathara. We also spoke to her and she wanted to post a video in the press apologizing to Lord Balaji, TTD and pilgrims. However, we will serve notices on him.”
The 37-year-old actor married Vignesh in an intimate ceremony at a private resort in Mahabalipuram. The ceremony took place in the presence of close friends and family. Only a few celebrities were invited. Rajnikanth, Shah Rukh Khan and director Atlee were some of the few celebrities spotted at the wedding.
Earlier, Vignesh Shivan, in a press conference to announce his marriage, said that they originally planned to get married in Tirupati but later had to drop the idea due to logistical issues.