Photos: Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma's spiritual halt at Haridwar
Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli and his Bollywood beau Anushka Sharma added fuel to all the engagement rumours by visiting an ashram in Haridwar and performing a puja
Cricketer Virat Kohli and actress Anushka Sharma at an Ashram in Haridwar on Thursday. Pic/PTI
Speculation is rife about an impending engagement between Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli and his Bollywood beau Anushka Sharma. Well, the couple, who are vacationing in Uttarakhand added fuel to all the rumours by visiting an ashram in Haridwar. The duo were seen with spiritual guru Anant Maharaj at the Anant Dham Atmabodh Ashram.
The couple met Anant Maharaj and even performed puja and a traditional parkirama at the Shiva temple of the ashram.
Actress Anushka Sharma performs a puja at an ashram in Haridwar on Thursday. Pic/PTI
Anant Maharaj is Anushka's spiritual guru and the actress is known to frequent the ashram. She is said to have visited the ashram in December 2014 ahead of the release of her film 'PK' and again last year when she reportedly performed some puja ahead of Team India's World Cup quarter-final encounter with Bangladesh.
Anant Maharaj paid the couple a visit at the hotel on Thursday.
Virat has a long break before Team India gets down to business once again when they will England in the one-day series that will begin on January 15. And the cricketer who's 2016 ended with a bang may be looking to start the new year with a bang off the cricket pitch.
The actress and Virat, both 28, have confined themselves to their hotel accommodation since their hush-hush arrival at Hotel Ananda in Narendranagar about 17 kms from Rishikesh, Uttarakhand.
Fans have camped near the hotel to get a glimpse of their favourite stars from Bollywood and the cricketing world.
According to media reports, several big-wigs, both from Bollywood and cricket fraternity, including Bachchans, Ambanis and Kapoors, are expected to attend the engagement ceremony that is likely to take place at the hotel.
Anushka Sharma's close friends and family members are reportedly already staying at the venue and the preparations for the big day have begun.
Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma have not released any official statement so far.
Anushka Sharma was spotted with Virat Kohli at Dehradun airport on Saturday.
The lovebirds were spotted at Dehradun airport together on Saturday.
Recent social media posts by Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma have further fuelled speculations.
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Anushka and Virat stated dating each other in 2013 while shooting for a commercial and went public in 2015. Earlier on in 2016, there were reports of the two having split but they have patched up since then and going stronger than ever.
Their love story as it happened
July 2013: The couple met on the sets of a commercial, and their chemistry in the ad sparked dating rumours.
January 2014: Buzz about them grew stronger when Virat went to Anushka's apartment in a car sent by the actress, instead of going to the designated hotel when Team India returned to Mumbai from its South Africa tour.
February 2014: Anushka and Virat were caught on camera walking hand-in-hand in Auckland where India was playing against New Zealand.
March 2014: The cricketer took off to Sri Lanka to meet the actress during the shoot of 'Bombay Velvet'.
April 2014: Virat was spotted yet again at the Jodhpur airport. Reports suggested that he was in the desert city to meet Anushka who was there for a monthlong shoot of her debut production venture 'NH10'.
October 2014: The couple made their first public appearance when they went to watch an Indian Super League game together.
>> Many entertainment websites reported that Virat and Anushka's parents have already met each other, thus fuelling wedding rumours.
November 2014: Although the lovebirds had been spotted together a number of times, they had never admitted to being in a relationship. However, their acceptance came in the form of Virat blowing a flying kiss towards Anushka in the VIP box after hitting a century against Sri Lanka. Later that month, both admitted to be dating. The same month, the actress sprung a surprise on the cricketer when she landed in Ahmedabad a day before his 26th birthday.
December 2014: The lovebirds rented a flat in Versova to spend quality time with each other whenever Virat was in Mumbai.
March 2015: Not only was Anushka present to watch her man in action, Virat too kept a tab on the actress' achievements. He took to Twitter to praise her performance in 'NH10'. He wrote: "Just watched #NH10 and I am blown away. What a brilliant film and specially an outstanding performance by my love @AnushkaSharma. SO PROUD :) (sic)." The actress, undoubtedly was exhilarated and responded by saying, "@imVkohli Thank You. SO happy. (sic)"
April 2015: Virat slammed critics for blaming Anushka for his poor performance and India's ouster from World Cup 2015. "At a human level, I would say I was hurt and the people who said those things and the way they said should be ashamed of themselves," he said. "In last five years, the number of matches I have helped India win and the consistently I have played is more than anyone else in the team," added the cricketer.
Also, rumours about a possible engagement began doing the rounds yet again when Anushka met Virat's parents while she was in New Delhi to attend Suresh Raina's wedding.
July 2015: The couple went on a holiday to South Africa and this came to light after the chef of the lodge commented on Virat's Instagram picture (Read more).
>> The couple made their first red carpet appearance together at a beauty awards gala and couldn't take their eyes off each other. Talking about Virat at the event she said, "He's my very, very good looking arm candy."
September 2015: Virat landed in London to meet Anushka who was busy shooting for Karan Johar's 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil' (Read more).
November 2015: Anushka logged air miles to reach Mohali and celebrate Virat's 27th birthday (Read more).
October 2015: Media began speculating if the couple was finally ready to tie the knot when the actress and the cricketer were spotted coming out of a restaurant in the city along with Anushka's father. In the same month, an entertainment portal reported that the two were spotted house hunting in Worli. Gossip mills started speculating that the two were ready to move in together.
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