Hindu temple Etiquette : Tips to visit Hindu temple
If you are visiting Hindu temples for the first time, there are certain Hindu temple Etiquettes to be followed. The following tips will come in handy :
Do not wear short clothes like Shorts, Mini Skirts. You can choose to wear Indian Churidar/Salwar with Kurta or wear Trousers/Jeans or long skirts. Avoid off shoulder tops. Carry a stole to cover your head when inside the temple.
You would need to remove your shoes/slippers before entering the temple. You can either choose to leave it in your Car or leave them at the “Joota Ghar” (Shoe Stand), a free service provided by most of the temples. Don’t forget to take a token before you leave. You may also leave your shoes with the shopkeeper from whom you would purchase “offerings” for the temple. In any case, avoid wearing expensive to the temple.
Avoid taking Leather items inside
Some temples prohibit taking leather items inside the temple. It’s better to leave the leather stuff like Belts, wallets, etc. in your car to keep them safe.
No Display of Affection
Be respectful to the religion and show no Display of Affection or PDA which includes no hugging inside the temple.
Depending upon the temple policy, you may or may not be allowed to take photos inside the temple. However, there are no restrictions on taking pictures inside.
Caution : Hold on tight to your items
There are often instances of pickpocketing in temples. So make sure to hold on tight to your bag/purse/wallet and mobiles. Backpacks are unsafe and they can be easily opened from the backside and stuff taken out. Same goes for the wallets kept in back pockets of your trousers or jeans.
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