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    What general procedure one has to undergo to visit a Hindu temple by other religious people?

    What general procedure one has to undergo to visit a Hindu temple by other religious people? Is the person has to get a permission from temple authorities or any normal procedure is there for it in all the temples. If the person has faith and respect to follow Hindu religious traditions will allowed visit. Yesterday one news item highlighted is one of the most famous movie singer Jesudas wants to visit Sri Padma Sabha temple in this festive season to carry out ritual ceremony to the God. So asked permission to visit the temple. In this connection I wan to know the procedure for this from knowledgeable members.
  • #609327
    As far as my knowledge goes if a person who belongs to another religion wants to visit Hindu temple, they have to get the permission from the priest or the Executive committee. But these days especially in cities and towns who knows about the religion of other persons. Just like that they will come and visit the temple and go. If a VIP belongs to other religion and if he wants to visit Hindu temple, the priests has to welcome him with purna kumbham. Our Ex CM, Y.S.Rajasekhara Reddy used to visit Tirumala very frequently. He was a converted christian. He tried to bring in some changes in Tirumala. So there are no rules for VIPs in India. Jesudas is now a Hindu. He has already changed his religion. This I learnt through social media only. In that case no separate permission is required for him. There are no special written down rules are there in temples.
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  • #609332
    So far as the great singer Yesudas is concerned, the executive committee of the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple have granted permission to noted singer KJ Yesudas to offer prayer at the temple. The temple allows only Hindus and those who declare faith in Hinduism to enter and offer prayers inside the temple. According to the members of the executive committee of the temple, Yesudas gave a declaration that he follows Hinduism and so he was allowed entry.

    So far as non-Hindu people are concerned, there is no problem for Sikh, Buddhist and Jain people to enter Hindu temples. In case of followers of other religions, if they don't create any nuisance inside the temple, there is no problem in entering Hindu temples. However, some temples are very strict (Puri temple, Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple, etc.) don't allow non-Hindu people inside temple premises.

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  • #609333
    I don't think there is any general procedure that is followed in this connection. The diversity of our culture and traditions that is followed in different parts of the country is reflected in the way we pray to God and also in the case of temple rituals.So, what may be the rule for one temple need not be the rule for another unless they come under the same administrative bodies which includes the priests and also believers. To cite for example, Dr K. J. Yesudas who has been granted permission to offer prayers at the Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple at Thiruvananthapuram, based on an affidavit submitted by him, has never been allowed to offer prayers at the Guruvayoor temple in Kerala, despite the veteran singer being an ardent devotee of Lord Guruvayoorappan (Krishna), because non-Hindus are not permitted to offer prayers there. So, there is no general rule as such and it differs from place to place and temple to temple.
    'He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words.'- Elbert Hubbard.

  • #609336
    Apart from what's said, Being a Hindu, I've been to Churches and mosques ( along with our friends) nobody has questioned me. Maybe common people are nobody and we need to be somebody to be noticed. Should we still have these restrictions?

  • #609349
    In almost all Hindu temples except of Kerala , other religion people are allowed till the main shrine (Garbagriham). Even in Churches, Mosques, Hindus are allowed to some stage. These are all just to maintain sanctity and we should honour the same, as our country is based mainly on culture.

  • #609352
    It is the local practice and local sentiments that decides the matter.
    Some temples prominently exhibit notices or boards saying that 'only Hindus are allowed'. Some others exhibit notice that 'only those who have faith in Hindu religion are allowed'. There are any number of temples where there is no such restriction.
    In crowded temples if one behaves naturally like the majority pilgrims, no one will notice the difference. However when a person appears very distinct from the general local or visiting populace -by the colour, dress or behaviour- then the other pilgrims or the temple authorities may notice that and confirm their faith and object if they are not Hindus . However if the entry is conditional i.e only to those who believe in Hindu religion- then an undertaking or affidavit pledging faith in Hindu religions and undertaking to follow the temple traditions, will be required to get permission from temple authorities.

    In the referred case, Yesudas was ready to give such an undertaking. However, the same Yesudas is not given permission to enter Guruvayoor temple because the practice is different there.
    For those who are not familiar with Hindu temple rituals and traditions, it is advisable to go with an approved guide or a Hindu friend who is familiar in that.

    The other side of the matter is that while Hindus in general do not have objections of non-Hindus entering Hindu temples, the visitors' own religious authorities and co-faith followers may object to that. Those faiths which do not approve idol worship o multi theism do not allow their followers to visit such worship places and those who do are penalised or even ostracised.This is becoming more expressively displayed and warnings and caution are spread by some hawks in those religions or faiths. That is the state of affairs.

  • #609380
    The last para of the response of Mr. Venkiteswaran is very appropriate but least discussed. This is generally happen everywhere. Last week itself a small girl from another community in Orissa was severely harassed and her family has been socially ostracized because the little girl had been learning to recite the Geeta.
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