Original named Diana Mariam Kurian, ace southern actress Nayanthara has converted from Christianity to Hinduism.
She converted to Hinduism at the Arya Samaj temple in Chennai but has retained her screen name.
While the actress says that her decision to convert to Hinduism is personal, many are bound to see it as a step towards her impending marriage to actor, choreographer and director Prabhu Deva, who had divorced his wife earlier this year.
Incidentally, members of Prabhu Deva's family are devotees of the Suttur Mutt in Mysore.
Meanwhile, her decision to convert to Hinduism had drawn sharp criticism from Christian organisations as it has came and has come as a shock to many of her fans.