Western outfits barred in Durga temple premises

To preserve culture, tradition of Hindu religion, says Executive Officer

Following the footsteps of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams, the Governing Board of the Kanaka Durga temple atop the Indrakeeladri has imposed strict dress code for devotees from Tuesday (January 1). Executive Officer Koteswaramma said the move was aimed at preserving the culture and tradition of the Hindu religion. “It is the responsibility of every individual to safeguard the Hindu traditions,” she told media. Members of the Indian women’s cricket team visited the temple recently in western wear and sparked a controversy. Ms. Koteswaramma said for those unaware of the rule, a special counter selling ‘Amma’ saris at a nominal price of Rs. 100 had been made available. “All they need to do is drape the sari over their clothes and go for darshan.” The authorities also arranged a changing room adjacent to the sari counter. Women are allowed to wear saris and Punjabi suits while men have to wear only pant-shirt, kurta-pyjama, lungi or a traditional dhoti/panchey/angavastra. Jeans, short skirts, trousers or bermudas are a big ‘no-no’.

Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/ap-temple-says-no-to-western-outfits/article25885660.ece

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