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  • Kerala Temple Dress Code and other traditional rituals

    Kerala Temple Dress Code – Why is it different?

    Hindu temples in most of the parts of India, do not enforce strict dress code and allow the devotes to visit in modern, casual dress these days. On the other hand, Kerala is a land which is steeped in traditions. Therefore, prominent temples here strictly follow the Kerala temple dress code. Only those people wearing dress accordingly are allowed to enter the temple. The brahmins and priest of Kerala are known for maintaining age old traditions based in Vedic ethos and the Kerala temple dress code is part of this tradition . The temple authorities of Kerala are hence reluctant to adopt to changes with the times.

    Kerala temple dress code for men

    Most of the traditional temples do not allow men to enter wearing pants, jeans or any modern dress. Even Kurta Pajama, which is considered traditional dress in North India, is not allowed inside these Kerala temples. Men have to wear white, off white or saffaron Mundu or Dhoti when they enter the temple. Devotees of Lord Ayappa can enter temples wearing black or dark blue Mundu. Generally men are not allowed to cover their upper body inside the temple. However, an Angavashtram or Veshti can be wrapped around your upper body if you do not want to display it.

    Kerala Temple Dress Code for Women

    For women, many temples in Kerala have relaxed the dress code, these days, to allow wearing of Salwar suits, which fully cover their bodies. The dress women can wear include Sarees, Salwar suits, Mundu with Veshti and Pavadas or long skirts covering legs . Kerala temple dress code is not enforced on small or baby girls. Jeans and modern dress is a strictly not permitted. Any type of dress with body exposure is also not usually allowed. Some prominent temples even ask women to wrap a Mundu over their Salwar suit.

    Temple rules in Kerala

    Following are generalized guidelines for you to follow when you visit a Kerala temple. Please note that the norms, rituals and traditions change from place to place and temple to temple but generally most of the temples adhere to the following norms.

    1. Take a bath and wear clean cloths before going to the temple
    2. Do not wear chappals while entering the temple. Keep them at the designated places
    3. Some temples do not allow you to carry mobile phones and also remote car keys.
    4. Except for small purses or handbags you cannot carry anything inside some prominent temples
    5. Women usually avoid entering the temple during their periods.
    6. Do not touch the Sacrificial stone or any idols inside the temple.
    7. Do not touch the temple poojari or any brahmin doing puja and even the one who is giving you the temple prasadam. If you do so, they have to take bath do cleaning rituals.
    8. Take adequate care while taking babies or small children inside. If they desecrate the temple by urination or otherwise, you may have to bear heavy expenses for cleaning rituals in addition to causing inconvenience to other devotees.
    9. Wear a mask and carry vaccination certificate.
    10. Please note that many temples in Kerala do not admit non Hindu

    Wish you a happy temple trip and divine blessings!

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    Covid Restrictions

    You are expected to strictly follow the  COVID guidelines issued by Government and Dewaswom applicable at the time of your visit.

  • Shirdi Temple Dress Code and Online Darshan Booking

    Shirdi Temple Dress Code

    As common practice, it is customary to dress according to locally prevailing norms while visiting traditional temples in India. This is relevant in Shirdi Saibaba temple also. There had been no mandatory dress code before November 2020 at Shirdi Saibaba Mandir. The Shirdi Saibaba Sansthan Trust, in November 2020, announced a new set o Shirdi temple dress code guidelines for devotees to follow, while coming inside the temple. These guidelines says that:

    • Those visiting the temple should avoid wearing short or revealing clothes.
    • Those wearing half pants, frocks, minis, half pants and such dress may be stopped from entering inside the temple.
    • Those wearing extremely tight clothes also may not be able to get entry inside the temple.

    While wearing Indian dress is not mandatory, it would be prudent to dress in moderate and conservative clothing when you are visiting the Sai Baba Mandir.

    COVID restrictions

    Please follow the COVID guidelines issued by the Government and Temple Authorities applicable at the time of your visit. Authorities have announced that the temple services lile Darshan, Aarti and accommodation would resume from October 7, 2021. However, entry is being restricted only 15000 per day (paid passes 5000, online 5000 and offline 5000). Those above 65 and below to 10 will not be allowed to enter.

    Shirdi Online Darshan Booking

    The normal way to visit the temple for Darshan is to stand in a queue and this is free for everybody.  However, if you want to avoid long queues, you can register and avail the Shirdi online darshan booking at in the Saibaba Sansthan Trust Website (click here) At this website, bookings for various  VIP Darshan facilities are available after making necessary payments.  The entry for VIP Darshan is through Gate No 1 where your identification would be checked.  The VIP Darshan would cost Rs 200. If you want to participate in the early morning Kakada Arti the payment is Rs. 600.  For the Noon, evening and night Arti the payment is  Rs 400 each.  If you are really in a hurry, you can also pay Rs. 1500 and avail the facility for quick Darshan.(These rates are effective from March 2016. Please check Saibaba Sansthan Trust Website (click here) for any subsequent changes. You can also directly purchase Darshan tickets at the VIP gate.  This facility may not be available on Thursday due to heavy rush.

    Make it a rewarding experience

    When you are visiting Shirdi Saibaba temple it may be convenient to wear comfortable conservative clothing adhering to Shirdi temple dress code. If you are in a hurry, you can avail the Shirdi online darshan booking facilities at the temple website. This would make your visit to Shirdi Saibaba Temple a highly rewarding experience. It may be mentioned here that many temples in India including Guruvayur Temple and Mookambika Devi Temple have dress codes for devotees to enter the temple.

    Where to stay in Shirdi

    There are different  types places to stay in Shirdi suiting  your budget and convenience.   This include various  dharamsalas, motels and different type of hotels suiting your spending capacity where you can choose from luxurious AC rooms to ordinary non-AC rooms. 

    Shirdi Saibaba Sanathan Trust also offers different places to stay at Shirdi for which you can make online booking at their website (Click Here).  The rooms are provided at Sai Ashram Bhaktanivas, Dwarawati Bhaktinivas and Sai Baba Bhakta Niwassthan.   The rooms are available for charges as low as Rs.250.  However, you may have to do the booking several days in advance to get the accommodation of your choice

    Since devotees of Saibaba of Shirdi comes from all over the world and there is heavy traffic throughout the year, it would be wise to book your places of stay at Shirdi several days in advance

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