Chennai: Emphasising that a dress code for devotees visiting temples in Tamil Nadu is important to enhance the spiritual ambience among worshippers, the Madras high court has directed the state government to take a decision on introducing the code as expeditiously as possible.
Till it decides the issue, the government should implement the dress code prescribed by the court from January 1, 2016, said Justice S. Vaidyanathan.
The judge directed the state government and the Hindu religious and charitable endowments department to strictly ensure that male devotees wear dhoti or pyjamas with upper cloth or formal trousers and shirts and female devotees wear saree or half saree with blouse or churidhars. Children should wear any fully covered dress.
There is no bar for police, fire and rescue services personnel and security guards to wear uniforms prescribed by their respective departments inside the temples. He directed the HR & CE department to issue a circular to all temples to adhere to the dress code from January 1 by putting up the instruction in notice board....