More Goa temples to ban ill-dressed visitors

The ban on visitors wearing indecent clothes, is likely to be extended to more temples in Goa, with a right wing organisation deciding to lend its support to the campaign on the issue.

Last Updated: Jul 12, 2011, 10:21 AM IST

Panaji: The ban on visitors wearing
indecent clothes, is likely to be extended to more temples in
Goa, with a right wing organisation deciding to lend its
support to the 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.

Goa has 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 that the improperly dressed
or short-dressed visitors 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 at
Mardol, 20 kms away from here, has already banned the entry of
foreigners.

Thali said 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 a 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 indulge in indecent behaviour.

PTI