Padmanabha Swamy Temple of Kerala Relaxes Dress Code For Women

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Shree Padmanabha Swamy Temple trust on Tuesday decided that women must wear churidars at the time of entering the temple complex. Earlier, the temple had strict dress code. Men used to wear mundu (dhoti) and women decked up sarees.

The plea was registered by Riya Raji in the court which was passed by Temple executive officer K N Satheesh on Tuesday. On the other hand, K Haripal, chairman of the temple administrative committee was not in favor of the decision of dress code.

“The decision was taken after obtaining written permission from the temple thantri and also after gathering the opinion of other stakeholders like the trustees, ‘Ettara yogam functionaries’, and a cross-section of devotees. The administrative committee was of the view that these kinds of issues which are superfluous were being raked up only to sideline other important matters concerning the temple and its administration,” said the executive officer in a letter.

 The Supreme Court selected committee for the administration of temple few days back. Moreover, the plea was rejected by the committee members but the native of Kerala, Riya approached the High Court, seeking its intrusion.

On September 29, the court noticed that the tradition of wearing dhoti over churidar was inappropriate.

Some of the representatives of the Kerala Brahmana Sabha, Sri Padmanabha Swamy Kshethra Bhaktajana Seva Samithy and Sri Padmanabha Swamy Kshethra Bhaktajana Sevasabha opposed permitting women to wear churidar inside the temple as they felt that it was not a appropriate dress as per Hindu custom.  

On Wednesday, The move was supported by the women.