Govt body mulls dress code for Dakshina Kannada temples | Mangaluru News – Times of India

MANGALURU: After making traditional dress compulsory at Kateel Durgaparameshwari Temple and Polali Rajarajeshwari Temple in Dakshina Kannada district, the Karnataka State Dharmik Parishat has plans to implement similar code in all 216 ‘A’ grade temples under the Hindu religious institutions and charitable endowment department in the state.
The Parishat is a government body that makes recommendations on conducting rituals, pujas and preparing a dress code for devotees entering temples controlled by the government. The Hindu religious institutions and charitable endowment department has to approve the Parishat’s recommendations and send them before the cabinet for approval before they are implemented.
Parishat member Kashekodi Sooryanarayana Bhat told TOI that it is not possible to enforce a uniform dress code on all temples in the state. Based on customs of the region, the Parishat will roll out a dress code. “The Parishat discussed the proposal at its meeting recently. A dress code is not a rule, but it is all about tradition practiced in a particular region,” he said.
The dress code is still in initial stages as Parishat is expected to take up a comprehensive discussion on the subject with detailed dos and don’ts. The code will be implemented in a phased manner after securing approval from the government.
Recently, Vishwa Hindu Parishat and Bajrang Dal organized a padayatra demanding dress code in temples. Rightwing organisations have put up boards in many temples in the coastal district requesting devotees to wear traditional dress while entering shrines.

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