You can not wear bermudas, shorts, mini-skirts, middies, sleeveless tops and no low-waist jeans and short-length T-shirts during the Darshanam at TTD Sri Venkateshwara Swamy Temple. If you do so, you will not be allowed into the temple for Darshan.
Starting 15 May 2013, Wednesday, the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) which manages the country’s richest temple in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, started implementing a dress code for VIP pilgrims who want to have the break darshan of Lord Venkateshwara in the morning and evening.
According to this code, a woman devotee can wear saree or a chudidar with chunni, whereas a male devotee can wear dhoti or lungi with uttareeyam or kurta-pyjama. “A simple shirt and trousers are also allowed, but it would be ideal if men wear dhoti and uttariyam. Other than these traditional dresses, no other outfits like bermudas, T-shirts, jeans, shorts and other Western-style dresses are permitted,” a TTD official said.
And if any devotee forgets to follow this dress code, he or she will be advised to change the dress before entering the queue complex, the official said.
The TTD had received several suggestions from devotees in the past about following a specific dress code for the hill shrine. There were complaints that several pilgrims were wearing ‘revealing’ modern outfits that were distracting the attention of other pilgrims in the temple premises.
According to the EO of TTD, “Once the pilgrim enters the temple premises, he has to be spiritually attracted to the God and should not get diverted by indecent attractions. That is why we have decided to enforce the dress code.”
At present, there is already a dress code in force for pilgrims taking part in special rituals like Suprabhatam, Thomala, Archana and Kalyanotsavam. Now, it has been extended to the general devotees.