An official announced on Monday that the 12th-century Jagannath temple in Puri will start enforcing a clothing code for visitors on January 1. After some people visiting the temple were allegedly seen wearing “indecent” attire, the decision was made by the “Niti” subcommittee meeting.
Puri’s Jagannath Temple To Enforce Dress Code
Ranjan Kumar Das, the director of the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration, lamented that they saw some visitors who showed no consideration for the beliefs of others. The decision is to uphold the honor and holiness of the Jagannath temple.
Some people were discovered in the temple dressed in sleeveless dresses, half-pants, and torn jeans, as if they were wandering around a park or on the beach. He said that the temple is not a place of amusement but rather the home of God.
The temple management will also make people aware of the dress code. He stated that attire such as half-plants, shorts, tattered jeans, skirts, and sleeveless dresses would not be permitted inside the shrine. (as per NDTV)
The Announcements Made This Year
Before Jagannath temple, there were many other temples that announced dress code in 2023.
In the Jaipur area, the Jharkhand Mahadev Temple established a clothing rule for visitors, asking them to abstain from wearing miniskirts, ripped jeans, shorts, dresses, and night costumes.
A “Vastra Samhita” has been published by the Maharashtra Mandir Mahasangha for temples all around the state. It was used at the
- Sankatmochan Panchmukhi Hanuman Temple in Bellori (Saoaner)
- Gopalkrishna Temple in Dhantoli
- Brihaspati Temple in Kanholibara
- Durga Mata Temple in the Hilltop Area.
As the Mankameshwar temple in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, is a place of meditation, a dress code has been established there, which states that visitors—especially ladies and girls—must not enter the shrine wearing short garments.
Devotees wearing ‘indecent’ clothing were not permitted to enter the 100-year-old temple Jain temple. It is maintained by the Shree Digambar Jain Sabha in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.
The first temple in recent years to announce a clothing code was the Shri Balaji Maharaj Temple in Muzaffarnagar.
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