Bollywood stars ABHISHEK BACHCHAN and Aishwarya Rai have fuelled rumours they are secretly married after reportedly performing religious rituals reserved for married couples in two major Hindu temples in Varanasi, India. The co-stars in the city late yesterday (26NOV06), and visited the holy sites in the dead of night in a bid to dodge prying eyes, according to local media outlets. A journalist claims to have witnessed the rituals while posing as a priest, saying they began at around 3am and continued until nearly 6am (local time). A temple priest who doesn't wish to be identified tells newKerala.com, "The rudrabhishek puja (ritual) performed by the duo in the presence of the entire Bachchan family is usually done by married couples only." However, family priest CHANDRAMOULI UPADHYAYA denies the couple were performing marriage rituals, saying, "The family was here to perform certain prayers on the birth anniversary of Abhishek's grandfather, famous Hindi poet HARIVANSH RAI BACHCHAN."