Nayanthara 'walks' into controversy for violating Tirupati temple rules, husband Vignesh Shivan issues an apology


Nayanthara and Vignesh Shivan tied the knot in a close-knit ceremony on June 9 in Mahabalipuram. The wedding was attended by the couple's family members and celebrities like Shah Rukh Khan, Atlee, Rajinikanth and a few more. After the marriage, Nayanthara and Vignesh sought the blessings of Lord Venkateshwara at Tirupati. However, Nayanthara landed in legal trouble hours after her pictures with Vignesh from Tirupati went viral. The Tirumala Tirupati Desvasthanam Board accused the actress of violating the temple rules by walking in the premises wearing her footwear. 

The Chief Vigilance Security Officer of Tirumala Tirupati Desvasthanam Board Narasimha Kishore told a media agency, “She (Nayanthara) was seen roaming with footwear in Mada Streets. Our security immediately reacted. We have even noticed that they did a photo shoot inside the temple's premises, which is again prohibited. Private cameras are not allowed inside the Holy Shrine". He further added that the newlywed actress will receive legal notice for her action. The office shared, "We have also spoken to her and she wanted to release a video to the press apologising to Lord Balaji, TTD, and pilgrims. However, we are going to serve notices to her."


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Soon after this, Vignesh issued an apology for violating the temple rules. In a statement, the filmmaker said, "After the wedding, we went straight to Tirupati temple without even going home and attended the wedding ceremony of Ezhumalayan. After that, a lot of people came out of the temple and surrounded us. So we left there and after a while, we came back in front of the Ezhumalayan temple. We quickly finished the photo shoot and decided to get out of there as the fans would surround us if they saw us. In the ensuing commotion, we failed to notice that we were walking with shoes in the area where it was forbidden to wear shoes. We apologise for the inconvenience. We have been to Tirupati five times in the last month with the desire to get married in Tirupati. Due to various reasons, it was not possible to hold our wedding at Tirupati temple."

Nayanthara wore a yellow saree to Tirupati whereas Vignesh was in a traditional attire too. 

(Source: ANI/

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