It is often said that the mankind looks at the superficial aspects of anything whereas God looks at the heart of a person. Sometimes, it is a thing of debate if there should be a dress code for temples at all because all people are equal in the eyes of God irrespective of the person being a bigger or a rich person. However, to keep up with the decorum and the sanctity of the premises of the temple, most temples have a dress code. It is repeated that some of these dress codes are archaic and needs to be changed to suit to the Modern Times. However, some of the temples, in all their modernity, which incorporate lights, speakers and even internet-based booking of Darshan, have not changed the dress code that they have been upholding for centuries together.
It is not about what you wear but the respect that goes into what you choose to wear to these temples that matter. In this regard, there are a few dress codes that can be said as timeless, at least until the near end of the future. Here are a few dresses that you can consider wearing in the temples of Tamilnadu.
The 6 or 9 years of playing clothing is considered to be the episode of homely attire for women in Tamil Nadu. Any woman who wears a saree is immediately considered to have a divine connotation. It is not meant to be judgemental about their character but more about their interest and initiation to wear a traditional attire that comes to the forefront. Never ever in history has there been a time when the wearing of saree has been debated. Sarees are considered to be the most convenient most comfortable and most accepted attire to wear during visiting the temples in Tamilnadu. The saree can be considered as the universal dress code to visit the temples in Tamilnadu and not only in this state but also in many other parts of India. A woman wearing a silk saree immediately evoke a feeling of being divine, and add that to a bunch of flowers on their hair and the vermilion on their forehead and its makes them look even more divine! After all, a woman is an embodiment of Shakti who is one of the most divine Goddesses in Hinduism, right?
Churidar and salwar
churidar and salwar can be considered as the Confluence between modern and traditional, and it also is the mid-point between what can be called as the convenient and divine. These clothings have all the comfort of modern clothes and some of them even have pockets that you can store your mobile phones in and they also come with a touch of traditional wear – the embroidery and the thread work are often depicted to have a traditional connotation with purely Indian designs. Some of the temples like the Guruvayur Temple mandate that women and men should not wear anything that splits their legs which puts out pants and churidar out of question for women and men, and mandates that only the dhoti and saree can be worn. However, most of the temples around the country do not have such rigid policies and they are ready to accept the salwar and kameez as a standard traditional attire which could be very well accepted as the mainstream dress code of temples, especially in cities like Chennai.
A good religion is something that adapts to the changing times and there cannot be any other religion that does it as gracefully as Hinduism does it. In the same way, considering the convenience and comfort of women of these days and the fact that temple visit is mostly an auxiliary aspect of their daily life as opposed to the women in the Olden ages who were more of housewives and came to temples only for that particular cause, short kurtis coupled with denims have also started to become accepted attires in a lot of temples. People have come to realise that just because someone was an attire that is not very Indian in its Outlook doesn’t mean that they do not have Indian values in them. After all, when someone joins their hands and closes their eyes in reference to God, they do not even take moments to think about what they are wearing. It is all about submitting themselves to the divine will and to worship the holy entity with the respect that they deserve.
Temples are centres of worship and they need to be treated with the respect that they deserve, as temples, as places of worship and as houses of Gods. Be humble ourselves to the mightiness of the gods in there and we are supposed to show the humidity in every aspect. While it might be debated continuously if temples deserve a dress code or not, it should be more of a debate on the mindset of people who come to temples. There are people who where the costliest silk sarees just to flaunt the richness and they come to temples to worship God just for namesake and on the other hand, there are women who wear t-shirts and denims walk in two temples and I go to the god in the fullest reverence that the God deserves. Sometimes it is not about the dress code but more about the worship God!