Close on the heels of her impending marriage with Prabhu Deva, popular South Indian actress Nayantara has embraced Hinduism. The actress, who was named Diana Mariam Kurien by her parents, switched to the name Nayantara when she entered films some years back. Though she was born in an orthodox Christian family, Nayantara used to visit so many Hindu temples during her leisure time.
Reports in the press said some time back that Nayantara’s parents were insisting that Prabhu Deva should get himself converted to Christianity in order to hasten up the process of his wedding with their daughter. Prabhu Deva, though, was said to be very adamant that it was not him but Nayantara who would have to get converted to Hinduism in order to marry him. It appears that his patience and perseverance has paid off finally.
Prabhu Deva was granted divorce decree last month by a Family Court in Chennai, paving the way for his separation from Ramlath (who was born Muslim but embraced Hinduism and changed her name to Latha to marry him) whom he married 15 years back. Prabhu Deva‘s love affair with Nayantara took roots during the shooting of his ‘Villu’ which had Nayantara in the lead opposite Vijay.
On 7th August, Nayantara formally embraced Hinduism at the premises of the Arya Samaj in Chennai. In the presence of highly qualified Hindu priests, she converted to Hinduism by chanting holy relics and under going ‘Suddha Parikaram‘, a ritual which precedes conversion. Later, speaking to newsmen, Nayantara said she felt very proud and happy to embrace Hinduism and in becoming a Hindu.
“It (the conversion) was purely my personal decision based on my wish. There was no external compulsion or coercion to do so,” Nayantara clarified.