is a true soul of India. Religious observances and practices are a daily
affair for many Indians. The religious fervor resides in every nook and
corner of the land, and gives her a sense of uniqueness. The principal
religion here is Hinduism, however other religions like Islam, Jainism,
Buddhism, Judaism and Zoroastrianism also enjoy great prominence.
Religion is a very sensitive issue in India and hurting someone's religious
sentiments is considered to be no less than a crime here. So, it would be
better if all those visiting the land for the first time get themselves
acquainted with certain etiquettes before planning a trip to any religious
spot in India.
Temples are the worship places of the Hindus and are open for devotees of
all religion. However before 1870 in Tirupati, the richest temple of the
world, the entrance of non-Hindus were strictly prohibited. Certain things
must be remembered before entering a temple complex.
Etiquettes of visiting a Mosque
- Get dressed up in descent and sober clothes.
- Open your shoes, slippers before entering the temple.
- It is advisable to take bath before visiting the temple for worship.
- One is advised to wash one's feet and hands before going inside the
- One should not use abusive words nor should indulge in any sort of
gossips inside the temple.
- One should not eat anything except 'Prashad' in the temple.
- Water of the Ganges is considered extremely holy in India, therefore
one should respect it.
- Idols worship is dominant in these temples. Therefore a visitor
should pay respect to these idols.
- Offerings and contributions are given importance in temples.
- No leather items are allowed in the temples.
A mosque, which is generally in the shape of a minaret, is a place of
worship for the Muslims. Muslims are very particular and staunch when it
comes to religion.
Etiquettes of visiting a Gurdwara
- Head should be properly covered before entering a mosque.
- One should be fully dressed when in a mosque.
- No images of living creatures should be found in the clothes worn by
you when visiting a mosque. However, images of plants on clothes are
- Before makes an entrance in the mosque one should perform 'Wazu' - a
way of washing one's hands and feet.
- There are separate prayer rooms for women inside the mosque.
- One should avoid worldly talks inside the mosque.
- The Muslims however have a specific way of offering prayers.
- One should not drink or eat anything with alcoholic content inside
is the Sikh place of worship for the Sikhs and is also referred to as Sikh
Temple by many.
- Devotees in Gurdwara are supposed to sit cross-legged on the carpeted
- People entering the Darbar Sahib should remove their shoes and cover
their heads before entering a Gurdwara.
- The devotees should walk slowly and respectfully while crossing the
holy throne on which is kept the Sri Guru Granth Sahib.
- Sikhs are only allowed to worship the One Creator (One God), for
which the word 'Waheguru' is used.
- Visitors are forbidden to enter the temple complex while they are
drunk or have had any intoxicating substances including cigarettes.
- Dress properly and decently before entering the Gurdwara.
- Every visitor in a Gurdwara is offered Langar (vegetarian food). If
one is not feeling like consuming this food one can ask for an excuse.
One should not waste the food of Langar.