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Julia Roberts Prevents Indian Locals From Worshipping?

Huffington Post   First Posted: 11/23/09 05:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 03:10 PM ET

Julia Roberts

UPDATE:
An anonymous commenter on this article, which we can't verify, writes in the following via email:

As an anonymous crew member of the film, I can tell you that the stories coming out of India are completely false. It's amazing that stories that aren't fact checked in India become fact in other publications. If someone bothered to contact Swami Dharmadev, he would tell them that the temple was open and that we filmed in other locations that day. Also, no children have been displaced from the school at the Ashram. And as far as the reports about 150 security men, bullet proof cars, 40 gunmen, and a helicopter... Absolutely ridiculous. So many untruths.

PREVIOUSLY:
Julia Roberts' latest movie is stopping Indian villagers from worshiping at their local temple, and they aren't happy about it, according to one report from the BBC.

Roberts has been careful to don traditional robes, respect local customs and even sport a bindi spot while on set in India shooting 'Eat, Pray, Love,' the film adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert's best-selling book.

Roberts has been shooting scenes at the Ashram Hari Mandir, a temple about 30 miles from New Delhi. Her 350-person security detail has sealed off the temple during one of the most important Hindu festivals, Navratri, during the holiest time of the year, the BBC reports. Locals trying to enter the temple to begin the nine-day celebration were turned away by police.

Here she is on Tuesday with a religious leader, Swami Dharmadev.

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