“No person shall enter into temple premises unless he has had a bath and wears clothes of such materials and in such manner as is customary in such temple. No person shall enter a temple with any footwear.”A former commissioner of the HR & CE department said:
“Each temple has had its own set of rules. One of the oldest and most important rules is that men should wear only a dhoti, while women should wear sarees. But over the years, the rules were given a go-by.”
Justice S. Vaidyanathan ordered that from January 1, men should wear a dhoti or pyjama with upper cloth or formal pants and shirts to temples and women should wear a sari or a half sari with blouse or churidhar with upper cloth. Children could wear ‘any fully covered dress.’The court further ruled:
“Sleeves should reach to each wrist and the hair should be covered by a headscarf. Pants or skirts that are too revealing, clingy, or tight should not be worn and the dress permissible to men for worship is that they should wear long pants and plain shirts without messages or slogans when visiting mosques.”
The temple official said, “We were informed that the deputy commissioner of HR & CE department will send another circular regarding the implementation of the same.”An official at Vadapalani Murugan Temple said that they have received the notice, but they are yet to display it on the premises.
“We follow the Kerala pattern and have nine kaala poojai. Only Pothis (Nambudiris) can perform puja in the sanctum sanctorum,” said Kottai Manikandan, an official at the Tiruchendur Murugan temple.