Some celebrities such as politicians or movie stars often visit temples on special holy days such as Janmashtami. If they see such visits merely as good photo-ops for bolstering their popularity, then they are going to temples not to take darshan of Krishna, but to give their darshan to others, to show others that they are so virtuous as to visit temples.
In a society where religion is an integral part of life, being seen as religious – not excessively religious, but occasionally religious – is often a prestige-booster. The Bhagavad-gita (16.15) talks about how the ungodly blatantly use religious activities such as giving charity or performing a sacrifice to portray an image of being pious, good people.
As practising devotees, we too may do our devotional practices diligently while others see us. But when alone, we may indulge in the very things that we religiously avoid in public. Of course, some conditionings need time to be purified. Still, for becoming purified, we need to fix our consciousness on Krishna, both in others’ presence and in their absence. If we are too image-centred while practising bhakti, then we can’t connect with Krishna, thereby remaining unpurified.
When we make Krishna the primary purpose of our devotional activities, then the presence of others can boost that divine purpose. A devotional association can reorient us towards Krishna: firstly, by the desire to be accepted and respected in that social circle; and secondly, by the inspiration to become absorbed in Krishna that comes by associating with devotees who are thus absorbed. Either way, if we focus on Krishna and strive sincerely to connect with him in public and in private, we will discover a whole new world of inner enrichment opening up for us. And gradually, we will become increasingly blissful through our ever-deepening absorption in Krishna.
In addition to this, we common people should beware of the fact that we are visiting a place of worship, and not to a party or a place to impress people.
So dress modestly and decently. Dress appropriately so that God does not feel uncomfortable.#Sarcasm
I used to dress very casually to a temple, wearing half pants sometimes, but then one day my Guru asked me, will I dare to meet my principle in the same casual manner? I understood my mistake and from then on whenever I visited the temple, I made sure I looked presentable.
Sometimes women wear short or translucent revealing clothes, I think Lord Hanuman, maybe ran away from the temple at the same moment because He is a Brahmachari.
To be honest, the way one dresses says a lot about one’s character, one’s mindset, one’s upbringing and one’s association. Make sure you give a good impression and a true impression.
So ladies please, make sure the way you portray yourself, make sure it makes your truly proud to be a woman.At least at a temple, wear a dupatta or something that can be used to cover your head, it is decent and divine at the same time, I am sure the deity will appreciate it. Refer Remembering the Indian culture and custom- “Laaj”(Veil)
You will incur sin if one has a bad thought about you on account of your dressing(deliberately wearing inappropriate clothes).
There is a lot of things one needs to be aware of when one walks out of the house, there are a lot of prying eyes, and people are full of shit, do not give them a window to look inside. Just be smart enough to save yourself, it is not a restriction, it is an Armour.
Yet, Who am I to tell people? You have your own conscience, think about it.
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