Dress code in temples

There is no logic behind the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court’s prescription regarding dress code for devotees in Tamil Nadu temples (“Dress code by judicial diktat”, Jan. 5). Whether a traditional outfit or a modern one is worn well or indecently depends on the person who wears it. Even sarees and half-sarees can be worn in an indecent manner. Similarly, modern dresses can also be worn in a proper way.

Sathiya Sundari V.V.,


As has been rightly pointed out, a sense of dressing cannot come from a judicial diktat. It must come from the devotees themselves who come to worship. The devotees should dress according to the ethics of the temple.

M. Ramankutty,

Trippunithura, Kerala

It is necessary for people to dress properly when they visit temples. However, while women are prohibited from wearing leggings, tights and short skirts — all classified as ‘indecent clothing’ that could corrupt people — one wonders why some temples insist that male devotees be bare-bodied above the waist. If the argument is that ‘indecently dressed’ women distract men, would it not also be true that the bare chests of able-bodied young men could be a distraction to the women devotees? Can anyone confirm where in the Agamas or in the tenets of the Hindu religion is such a dress code mentioned? It is best to allow devotees to wear what they want. There is no doubt that they would be clad in the right attire.

Tharcius S. Fernando,


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