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No churidars please: Kerala HC rejects new dress code at Padmanabhaswamy Temple

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No churidars please: Kerala HC rejects new dress code at Padmanabhaswamy Temple Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram. File photo

Churidars a no-no at Padmanabhaswamy Temple

» Kerala High Court rejects the new dress code at Padmanabhaswamy Temple that allowed women to wear churidar to the famed shrine

» The court order came while considering multiple petitions by private parties

Dress code relaxed, but churidar-clad women denied entry in Padmanabhaswamy Temple

» Last month, executive officer of the temple had issued an order allowing women wearing churidar to enter the temple.

» Many groups had protested this move, saying it was against the customs and age-old traditions of the shrine

Kochi: The Kerala High Court Thursday ruled that women in churidar are not allowed to enter the famed Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram and pray, canceling an earlier order by the temple's executive officer.

The ruling came as the court disposed of multiple petitions.

A woman advocate, Riya Raji, had challenged the customary dress code for women entering the temple.

The HC said that believers should adhere to the earlier dress code of wearing a sari while entering the temple.

With the court order, women in churidar will have to continue to drape a mundu (dhoti) over their churidars to enter the temple.

The court had last month directed the executive officer of the temple K.N. Satish to take an appropriate decision after speaking to all concerned and intimate the court.

On November 28, Satish informed the High Court that it had been decided to allow women in churidar also to enter the temple.

The next day, things turned chaotic after strong opposition from various Hindu organizations who called the order a gross breach of the temple tradition.

While some women entered the temple in churidar, many were turned away by protesters. Satish had then told the protesters to approach the High Court.

Many did -- and got back the tradition.

A few years back, the Sree Krishna temple at Guruvayoor in Kerala also allowed the entry of churidar-wearing women. The rule stands.

(With agency inputs)

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