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More temples in Goa might ban entry to ill-dressed visitors

Panaji: After two temples in Goa banned entry of "indecently dressed" visitors, more temples in the state are expected to follow suit, with a right wing group deciding to start a campaign on the issue.

Gomant Mandir and Dharmik Sanstha Mahasangh (GMDSM), a federation of various temple committees in Goa, has said that it will convince the temple managements to ensure that the visitors are properly dressed.

There are more than 1,000 temples across the state.

GMDSM coordinator Jayesh Thali said that the idea to convince the rest of the temple managements came up only after two temples in the state took up a dress-code initiative.

The organisation has said improperly dressed visitors or those wearing short dresses should be barred from entering the temples.

Two of Goa`s leading temples have already asked the visitors, especially foreigners, to either dress properly or not to enter the temple premises.

Mahalsa Narayani Temple and Mangueshi Temple, 20 kms away from here, have already banned the entry of foreigners.

Thali told reporters that the steps taken by both the temples are worth appreciating. "The decision taken by the management of the temple is an ideal one and worth emulating by all temples," he said.

The management of the temples that imposed the ban had said that indecent behaviour by the visitors was hurting the religious sentiments. They had said that since the visitors, especially foreigners, were not properly informed about the religious practices here, they indulged in indecent behaviour.

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