Indian policemen guard near a picture of Indian actress Sridevi displayed outside her residence in Mumbai Image Credit: AP

An urn carrying the ashes of Bollywood superstar Sridevi was brought to Chennai on Friday by her husband Boney Kapoor for immersion in the sea off Rameswaram.

The ashes brought by Kapoor in a special aircraft will be taken to the holy island town of Rameswaram on Saturday and immersed in the sea there, airport sources said.

Sridevi, 54, died on February 24 in a Dubai hotel.

The body of the Bollywood icon was flown back to Mumbai on February 27 after Dubai authorities determined that she had accidentally drowned in her hotel bathtub.

The actor, who was born in a village in Tamil Nadu and started her career in Tamil films, was cremated on February 28.

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Her death sent shock waves across India, with those who knew her at a loss to explain how the star could have died so suddenly.

Her family released an emotional statement thanking all her fans for their support and urged the media to respect their privacy and let them grieve in peace.