Varanasi, Nov 23: Foreigners visiting the world renowned Kashi Vishwanath temple will be forced to wear a Saree, if they want to enter the temple premises and offer prayers inside sacred sanctum. The dress code was imposed by the temple authorities along with the district administration to avoid hurting sentiments of devotees who do not appreciate the entry of foreigners in short, revealing clothes.
The decision was taken after divisional commissioner Nitin Ramesh Gokarn visited the temple on Saturday. According to Deputy chief executive officer of Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Gokarn personally took notice of foreigners roaming within the sacred premises of the temple. “During commissioner’s temple visit on Saturday, some foreign women were found moving inside the temple in very short dresses after which it was discussed to initiate some measure to maintain decency inside the Kashi Vishwanath temple,” he was quoted as saying by TOI. (ALSO READ: Varanasi makeover to cost nearly Rs.12,000 crore)
In a subsequent meeting held between the district administration and the temple authorities, it was decided to allow only those foreign women to enter the temple who wear saree. The traditional dress will be offered to them near the ticket counter outside the temple at “free of cost” and returning the sarees following the darshan would be optional.
However, the temple authorities have made it clear that the dress code would only be enforced upon those entering the holy sanctum for darshan. Foreigners in short dresses would not be stopped from roaming in the temple premises and taking note of its architectural beauty.
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