Upper body clothing ...

bala at biomechanics.asri.edu bala at biomechanics.asri.edu
Wed Oct 2 12:23:34 UTC 1996

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> Date: Wed, 02 Oct 1996 04:03:32 -0300 (BST)
> From: Das Menon <dmenon at pacific.net.sg>
> Subject: Re:Upper body clothing ...
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> In Kerala the traditional attaire of the male is "dhothi" and
> "angavasthram". Traditionally the angavasthram is removed from one's
> shoulder and tied around the waist before entering temples etc. Today , as
> far as I know, all temples allow the male to keep the angavasthram over the
> upper boady, except for the Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Trivandrum, which
> is still a private temple belonging to the Trivandrum royal family.
> But in the temples of Northern India, once enters the temples fully clothed! 
> I have no idea whether this is related to the Buddhist custom.
> Regards....Das

Many temples in Karnataka and Andhra also allow people fully clothed to enter
the sanctorum. Tirupati, is one famous example.


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