In a bid to enforce decorum in attire, the Kavlem Shantadurga temple committee has decided to strictly implement a dress code and has warned devotees and visitors that those with inappropriate attire will be made to wear shawls before being allowed entry into the temple.
"In order to have decorum and to maintain the sanctity in the temple and surrounding, the Sausthan has decided to follow the dress code for Mahajans, devotees, tourists and the public at large visiting the temple. People wearing shorts, mini-skirts, sleeveless, tops, low waist jeans and short length t-shirts shall not be allowed to enter into the temple,” states the public notice displayed by the managing trustee of the Shantadurga Sausthan at the entrance of the temple.
Justifying the decision on the dress code, Dr Manoj Hede, attorney of the Kavlem Shantadurga temple committee, said: “The temple committee had decided to implement the dress code in 2019 and subsequently, notices were displayed in the temple premises. It has now been highlighted again and the temple committee has decided to strictly follow this rule.”
“Security guards at the temple have been instructed to request tourists with inappropriate attire to use shawls provided by the temple committee to maintain the decorum of the place. We don't deny entry to anyone but we will request people to use a shawl provided by the temple committee, if they are found inappropriately attired,” Dr Hede added.
The Shantadurga Temple at Kavlem is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the State, drawing hundreds of tourists to the temple every day.
A few years ago, some temples and even churches in the State had implemented a dress code for tourists and visitors.