A temple for Sonia Gandhi, MGR, Rajnikanth, Amitabh Bachchan, Khushboo and others
Some Indian actors, politicians and sportsmen are treated like gods in India, quite literally. Minus their divine powers, they are glorified to the core. They are not just idolised, but worshipped in temples built for them.
The latest to join that elite list of fan-following is AICC president Sonia Gandhi. Congress leaders of Andhra Pradesh have gone to an unimaginable extent of showing their admiration for Congress leader by building a make-shift cardboard temple in
Party leaders said that Gandhi was a goddess for the people of Telangana for agreeing to the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.
Father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi is revered all over the country, but people at a sleepy little village off Sambalpur town in Orissa remember him in a very special way - by worshipping his idol in a temple. The temple at Bhatra village attracts
Multi-lingual actor Rajinikanth is a superstar phenomenon in the south. His extraordinary rise from bus conductor from Bangalore to the most successful actor and his on-screen inimitable style has made him a cult figure. His devout fans have
By building temples, fans raise expectations of their idols. Multi-lingual actress Khushboo, who has a temple in her name in Tiruchirappalli, once said in interview that she was surprised and scared on hearing about the temple. "My fans had great
At times, the same enchantment can turn ugly. In 2005, When she spoke her mind saying it's fine for teenagers to have pre-marital sex, her conservative fans erupted in anger and went to the extent of almost demolishing the temple they had built for
The popularity of actors can surpass all geographic boundaries. Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan, who hails from Gujarat, has a temple in Kolkata. Inside the temple are the pair of sandals he wore in his film Agneepath are placed on the chair that
South Indians are known for their fanatic admiration for film stars. But what's special about Namitha Kapoor from Gujarat is that she is being worshipped in the south at Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu. The actor has done numerous Tamil and Telugu films (
In 2010, there was a plan to build a temple for Mayawati in Natpura village, about 300 km from Lucknow (No confirmed reports on its establishment). A dalit leader and lawyer Kanaihya Lal embarked on the temple idea after a huge controversy over her