Temple Etiquette

Temple Etiquette

What to wear when visiting a Hindu Temple?

1 The basic dress code when visiting a Hindu Temple is: shoulders must be covered (easily done with a scarf or a shawl) and trousers or skirts must cover at least knees. 4 Socks are fine, visitors can keep wearing them unless the temple floor is made of marble or any other slippery stone and it may be best to remove socks too.
2 It is best to avoid anything too tight, too short and too revealing. Generally it is better to wear too much rather than too little when visiting a temple. 5 Footwear should be removed outside the temple. Most temples will have a space designated for footwear to be left safely.
3 For those who are not appropriately dressed, temples do provide shawls, cover-ups and wraps.

Temple Manners






Please do not enter the shrines or sanctums Do not sit with feet pointing toward the Deities, the priests or another person Hugging and other demonstrations of affection between adults are not appropriate Do refrain from talking loudly Please treat the priests with respect

Smoking and consumption of alcohol are prohibited in the temple and temple grounds.