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Another temple controversy– Meera Jasmine apologises and pays fine!!
July 03, 2006
No sooner did the Jayamala episode flare up that we have another temple issue on our hands. This time round it is talented actress and National award winner, Meera Jasmine, allegedly broke rules and entered the Rajarajeswari Temple in Kannur district. There is a belief that if you offered the thanga kudam or Golden Pot to the Goddess, your wishes would be fulfilled. Former Tamilnadu CM, Jayalalitha did the offering a couple of years ago. Women are allowed to see the deity only after 8.30 pm.
Meera Jasmine

According to the officials, non-Hindus are not allowed beyond the main entrance. However, Meera, a Christian not only entered the inner corridor but also lit lamps. On being confronted by the officials who took a while to recognize her presence, a producer who was accompanying her said that she had converted to Hinduism. Unconvinced by this answer, they requested her to leave the temple immediately. There was an argument and finally she left.

Narrating the incident she said that she did not intend to hurt anybody’s sentiment but had visited the temple only because she felt that religion was universal. She also regretted that if she had flouted the rules she was ready to apologize.

While she did apologize for unwittingly entering the area forbidden for non-Hindus, the temple officials convened a meeting and decided that rituals for purification would be undertaken. They also decided that Meera should pay a fine of ten thousand rupees.

News about the fine was conveyed to Govindan Kutty, the producer who accompanied Meera and misinformed that she had become a Hindu. Meera promptly paid the fine.
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