Actress Tamanna finds herself in the midst of a controversy. The actress visited the holy temple of Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam at the holy hills of Tirupathi for darshan of the Lord Venkateswara a few days back. The fact that she was clad not in traditional Indian dresses like salwar khameez or sari but came to the temple clad in a tight-fitting T-shirt and a pair jeans has become a huge issue.
Tamanna visited the Temple along with Ram Charan Teja and the two stood in the VIP queue before being ushered in for darshan. Those who were already in the queue, however, objected to the actress turning up to worship the Lord clad in glamourous and figure-hugging costumes. Women wearing jeans are usually barred from entering the temple premises.
The Devasthanam officials, on their part, did facilitate an early darshan for both Teja and Tamanna. When Tamanna emerged after darshan, the devotees including her fans raised slogans against her for ‘polluting’ the atmosphere at the temple premises. Tammu came out in a hurry and headed directly to her waiting car without saying anything to the press persons who had assembled there.
Later, Tamanna did explain her predicament. “We were shooting at Tirupathi for the film Rachcha when the crew said it won’t be proper to return from Tirupathi without darshan of Lord Venkateshwara. We then came to them temple to offer prayers. I didn’t know that the Devasthanam has banned jeans-clad women from entering the temple. Had I known it earlier, I wouldn’t have done the same. Anyway, my visit wasn’t a previously planned one; it was decided only an hour or so ago,” says Tamanna in her defense.