Police on duty inside the garbhagriha (sanctum sanctorum) of Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi have a new dress code – dhoti and kurta.The decision was taken earlier this week to ensure a ‘sanskaari’ atmosphere inside the temple premises. The dress code for security officials posted inside the temple was being discussed for a while now. There was a need to ensure ‘purity’ inside the garbhagriha of Kashi Vishwanath, it was argued, for which the uniform of security officials needed to be changed. The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) had suggested changing the police uniforms, but it was met with some legal hurdles. So, for a while, the idea of removing police officials and posting former soldiers in the temple was also considered.
Khaki-wearing police officers will now have to wear yellow kurtasand white dhotis inside the garbhagriha. Problems over this change have already started, as police officers are not permanently posted inside the temple premises. They come in for a few days, and based on security requirements, their postings are changed. In this situation, the fitting of the uniforms and their cleaning becomes a major problem.Officers on the evening shift, from 4 pm to midnight, are wondering how they can be expected to wear the same clothes that officers in the previous shift were wearing, since those clothes won’t be clean, having been worn all through the previous shift.