ETIQUETTE

What to wear when visiting a Hindu Temple?

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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.

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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.

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For those who are not appropriately dressed, temples do provide shawls, cover-ups and wraps.

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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.

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Footwear should be removed outside the temple. Most temples will have a space designated for footwear to be left safely.

Temple manners

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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
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Do refrain from talking loudly
Please treat the priests with respect
Smoking and consumption of alcohol are prohibited in the temple and temple grounds.

PHASE 2 (HEIGHTENED ALERT) MEASURES AT HINDU TEMPLES

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