India with its superstitions and utmost enthusiasm on subjects that appeal people, has always been in news. A land that holds tantamount mysteries, surprises the world with something new every day. How about beating temples being made for the most revered film actors?
Some of the most interesting temples built to honor actors and actresses whom people not only love but worship like God have been listed below. Have a look.
Rajnikanth, the superhero of South
Temple at: Kolar district, Karnataka
Devout fans of the phenomenal star “Rajnikanth” have joined together to install a special “Sahasra Lingam” at Kotilingeshwara Temple in Karnataka. The temple is open to general public to place linghams in their family names for a price. However, the aficionados enthusiastically place the lingham for their idol as a symbol of peace and prosperity. The installation was religiously coupled with special Vedic chants and prayers.
Mahatma Gandhi, Father of nation
Temple at: Sambalpur town in Orissa
A symbol that epitomizes how great people remain alive in hearts even when they are not physically around, this Gandhiji temple stands tall in a sleepy village of western Orissa, Bhatra. The bronze Gandhi statue sitting under the Tricolor is a reminder to all about the great cause which Gandhiji stood for “equality to every human being”.
Open to all castes, creeds, sects and religions, this temple was solely built by the residents of the village who are dalits and usually looked down upon by the society. People from across the country throng the village and offer prayers and experience a great amount of tranquility in the embrace of this great messenger of peace and humanity.
Kushboo, Tamil actress
Temple at: Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu
The temple built for the most enthralling actress of her times down south, Khushboo in Tiruchirapalli was later razed by the protesters based on her controversial comments on pre marital sex and AIDS way back in 2005. What better an example of how the Indian audience is enchanted by the magic weaved by the world of cinemas!
Namitha, Kollywood actress
Temple at: Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu
Another step in the direction of showing their fanatical love for their actors, this temple is built in the honor of the Kollywood star Namitha by her ardent followers. Although not supported by the star herself initially, this is the second such temple built for an actress after Khushboo. Who would not be flattered by a temple of the self?
Mayawati, Dalit leader
Temple at: Bundelkhand, Uttar Pradesh
Who is unaware of the sprawling white statues of the BSP leader Mayawati across UP? To top it up now and additionally honor the dalit leader, a temple is proposed to be built in one of the most poorest village Natpura of Mahoba district, Bundelkhand. This comes as retaliation in response to the “currency garland” controversy!
Amitabh Bachchan, the evergreen B’wood star
Temple at: South Kolkatta
A living example of where superstitions can take one, is this temple in South Kolkatta! Built for one of the most venerated super star ‘Amitabh Bachchan’, the head priest Sanjay religiously offers daily prayers with a tailor made ‘Amitabh Chalisa’! No reward though for guessing the movie ‘Aks’ chair on which sits Amitabh’s shoes and this photograph.
Pooja Umashankar, Tamil actress
Temple at: Sri Lanka
If the Indian frenzy was not enough, this originally Kollywood actress shot to fame with her temple in Sri Lanka. The star who did many movies in India was so much loved and adored for her Sinhalese movies in the neighboring country of Lanka that a temple was constructed to honor her.
Maruthur Gopalan Ramachandran, film actor, director and politician who also served as the CM of TN
Temple at: Nathamedu near Thirunindravoor, Chennai
Any south Indian movie lover would vouch his utmost appreciation for the late Puratchi Thalaviar- Makkal Thilagam MGR. An ardently devoted couple fan of the star, built a temple in the honor of the late actor at Nathamedu, Thiruninravur about 40 kms from Chennai. Special “Kumbabishekam” was carried out by the priests on the inaugural ceremony which was attended by thousands of devotees from across the country. A true dedication to ones’ loved movie star indeed!