One staffer and six guards have been deputed at each counter to check on the attire of tourists and pilgrims. Anyone who refuses to adhere to a "presentable and decorous" dress code will be asked to cover themselves with the shawl or dhoti.
"Out intention is to ensure visitors are modestly dressed," said temple committee president Appachattolanda Manu Muthappa on the rationale behind the move. "Sometimes visitors come wearing Bermudas, sleeveless tops or are skimpily dressed and that's not acceptable in a place of worship," said Muthappa.
The dress code was formally put in place with ZP member S N Rajarao wearing a dhoti and Muthappa covering himself with a shawl. When asked how the committee plans to tackle a possible resistance to the move from visitors, Muthappa said, "The committee has already taken a firm decision. Our security persons will convince pilgrims about the new rules framed by the committee to maintain the sanctity of the place of worship."
Each piece of clothing can be borrowed for a fee of Rs 10 after paying a refundable deposit of Rs 50.