Hinduism and Tribal Religions

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Clothing (Hinduism)

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1036-5_452-1


In Hinduism, there is a philosophy behind choosing the right kind of clothing, and accordingly various types of clothes are prescribed which not only protect us from negative energies but also imbibe in us positive and spiritual energies. A specific line of clothing is prescribed for dharmaacharan “righteous behavior,” which includes attire, such as dhoti, uparna “a shawl,” mala “rosary,” gandh “sandalwood paste,” etc. It is believed that wearing a right type of clothes attracts positive waves from the atmosphere toward an individual. The Hindu Shastas forbid the followers to remain impure and naked. According to Apastamba Dharmasutra (, naked state and impurity attract negative energies. The clothing of gods and goddesses tell us a lot about Hindu mythology and what would have been the clothes and dressing styles of our ancestors [2].

In Hinduism, there are three chief deities at the head of hierarchy of gods: Brahma (creator), Vishnu (administrator), and Shiva...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Humanities & Social Sciences – Languages & LiteratureShri Mata Vaishno Devi UniversityKatraIndia