FIR lodged against Raveena Tandon for breaking regulations of ancient Shiva Temple

An FIR has been lodged against Bollywood actress Raveena Tandon for violating the rules of 11th century Lord Shiva shrine, the Lingaraja temple. The police complaint was filed after an ad-film of Raveena Tandon giving beauty tips from inside the temple premises appeared on social media.

The ad-film was allegedly taped using a mobile phone as according to rules of temple board and ASI which protects the temple, shooting inside the temple is prohibited. The temple administration claimed that by breaking the norms of the temple, Raveena Tandon hurted sentiments of the devotees.

“The temple administration has filed a complaint against Raveena Tandon at Lingaraj Police Station for shooting an advertisement film in the no camera zone,” said Rajiv Lochan Parida, the management-in-charge of the temple administration. Admitting that such an FIR has been lodged, Bhubaneswar DCP Satybrat Bhoi said the police are examining the allegations.

Only servitors are allowed to carry mobile phones inside the temple, Parida said adding it is a clear case of violation of the security norms. The incident has also hurt sentiments of the devotees, he said. The Archaeological Survey of India has also launched an investigation into the matter.

However Raveena Tandon clarified herself saying that she was not aware about the rule and neither was she informed by the concerned authorities. “I now wonder, why those local authorities (who were aware of the temple restrictions), did not stop people, who were carrying cell phones. The police even did not frisk me nor checked my handbag while I was entering the temple,” she said, adding “I have full respect for rules of all temples. I have visited several shrines and never tried to flout the rules,” the 43 year old actress was quoted saying.

Lingaraja Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva and is one of the oldest temples in Bhubaneswar, the capital of the East Indian state of Odisha. The temple is the most prominent landmark of Bhubaneswar city and one of the major tourist attractions of the state.