Odisha: Servants to Wear Traditional Clothing for Darshan at Puri Jagannath Temple | Bhubaneswar News
Instead, they were asked to dress in traditional clothes such as dhoti, gamcha or kurta pajamas.
In the first phase, the dress code will only be applicable to two places – the sanctum sanctorum and bhitara kathain – of the shrine. Thereafter, the traditional Indian wearing will be made obligatory for the servants everywhere in the vast premises of the main temple as well as in its 136 subsidiary sanctuaries.
A similar traditional dress code will be adopted for employees of the Jagannath Temple administration from November 5. Stakeholders will be consulted before introducing a dress code for worshipers in the future, temple officials said.
The servants wore the dhoti only when performing the daily rituals in the temple. Many of them often enter the temple in jeans and casually dressed to spot the deities several times a day.
“We have observed that there are strict dress codes in different temples across the country. First, we will introduce a traditional dress code for servants and other temple staff. Maybe later we can think of a dress code for the faithful, ”said Krishan Kumar, chief administrator of the SJTA.
He added that the larger goal is to promote an atmosphere of spirituality and devotion in the religious abode. “We often see people coming in jeans and shorts to offer prayers. We want to change that, ”Kumar said.
It should be noted that the Chief Justice of India CJI NV Ramana visited the Jagannath temple on September 25 in traditional dress while the officials, who accompanied him, were in ceremonial dress.
Welcoming the move, worshipers said the temple administration should at least provide them with adequate changing rooms around the shrine. “Planning a dress code for the faithful is commendable. It will be convenient for locals and tourists staying in hotels. But for many devotees, who visit the temple for a few hours, changing rooms are a necessity, ”said Tanmay Subudhi, a devotee of Rourkela.