Bengaluru, Apr 11: The devotees visiting Sri Rajarajeshwari Temple at city’s RR Nagar have to follow strict dress code. It is a strict no-no to wear jeans, mini-skirts and sleeveless tops for devotees who wish to pray at this temple.

As per the notice board, suggesting the dress code, the male devotees should wear dhoti or pants whereas, women should don saris or churidar with a dupatta with their hair cleanly tied up with rubber band or clips while visiting the temple. The instructions rolled out by the temple authorities have clearly banned modern outfits like bermudas, shirts, mini-skirts, middies, sleeveless tops, low-waist jeans and short length T-shirts.

Temple staffers add that the young girls below 18 years are allowed to enter the premises while wearing full-length gowns.

Speaking to TOI, Hayagreeva Achar, member of the temple trust, has claimed that the notice has been there at the entrance of the temple since a long time. “We want devotees to follow our culture,” he added.

He also added that none of the devotee has been denied entry inside the temple because of the way he or she is dressed. “We advise people to follow the dress code. We don’t bar them from entering the premises,” another temple staffer was quoted as saying by TOI.

Meanwhile, residents are divided on the move of the temple. Some, who find it unnecessary, say that everyone is same in God’s eyes and it does not matter whether the devotee is wearing shorts or sari. While, others say that temple is a place of worship and people should follow the mandate rather than criticising it.