New Delhi: Hours after Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad’s son and MLA Tej Pratap Yadav announced that he wouldn’t return home till his family backed his decision to divorce his wife Aishwarya Rai, an 11-day havan puja was performed to please the ‘grah nakshatra’ at the Maa Vindhyavasini Devi temple in Mirzapur, said a priest.

Recounting Yadav’s family having immense faith in the goddess enshrined at the temple in Mirzapur, priest Raj Mishra said he performed the ‘havan puja’ for the couple and the entire family so that they can overcome their current problems.

He said, “A havan puja was held for 11 days to please the ‘grah nakshatra’ and for peace in the entire family.” Mishra further said that he had a word over the phone with Tej Pratap and had asked the latter to pray to the goddess. He added, “I have been talking to him and the family all through, ever since the present problems surfaced. We held special prayers to the goddess for the entire family to overcome them.” (Also Read: Was Made a Scapegoat by my Family For Political Benefits: Tej Pratap on His Marriage)

Reportedly, the puja was conducted by 11 priests and the ‘purnahuti’, that which marks the end of the prayers was performed on Thursday night.

Meanwhile, Tej Pratap was last seen in Bodh Gaya wherein he stayed at a hotel after meeting his father Lalu Prasad Yadav at a Ranchi hospital. The RJD supremo is reportedly upset over his Pratap’s decision to seek a divorce.

Tej Pratap and Aishwarya Rai — daughter of RJD MLA Chandrika Rai and grandchild of former Bihar chief minister Daroga Prasad Rai — had tied the knot on May 12. Tej Pratap had claimed irreconcilable differences as the reason behind seeking a divorce from his wife of six months. He had said, “I had said this to my parents before the marriage was solemnised. But nobody listened to me then and nobody is listening to me now. Until they agree with me, how can I return home?”

He also expressed displeasure over the role played by some of his relatives, including in-laws, in his marital dispute.