Who said that men\u2019s fashion has to be bland and boring?\n\nJagannath temple in Puri is one of the 4 important pilgrimage spots for any Hindu.\u00a0 The temple is old & magnificent.\u00a0\u00a0 It is famous for the Rath Yatra festival which lasts for a few days \u2013\u00a0 the procession in which the Gods are taken out of their shrine to visit another temple.\nBut even during the rest of the year, the place is vibrant with pilgrims and tourists. And priests.\nYears ago I had heard from friends that the priests there harass the visitors and crowd you and overwhelm you into succumbing to their offers of assisting in conducting prayers for you inside the temple. The complaints and the grumbles\u00a0 that I had heard reminded me of the crowd of tourist guides seen in Agra at Fatehpur Sikri.\u00a0 So when I went to Puri \u2013 I had this negative notion in my head based on the words of others.\nAs usual, this negative notion turned out to be entirely incorrect.\nThe priests or Pandaas as they are called, are omnipresent But they were silently and quietly present and not at all in the way. They added a wonderful and welcoming atmosphere to the area around the temple.\u00a0 In a separate blog I will talk about this wonderful atmosphere of the temples in Orissa \u2013 one that is imprinted so strongly on my mind that I can revisit the entire experience\u00a0 using the bridge of a single\u00a0 thought.\nBut just speaking of the Pandaas for now:\nThey were all dressed traditionally and in my opinion so very stylishly!\u00a0 A dhoti and a gamcha provided the perfect provided the perfect garment format for the weather here. And the colors & weaves provided the perfect combination or ceremonial attire and simplicity.\u00a0 Such vibrant colors and eyecatching contrasting combinations are usually only seen on women. But here in Puri the Pandaas\u00a0 outshine everyone else.\nA few pictures :\n\n\u00a0\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\u00a0\n\n\n\n\nAnd so as I strolled and lunched and was rickshawed around I would wait to catch a glimpse of another Pandaa \u2026 in a new combination or a new fashionable accessory!\nIf only we saw these beautiful colors on men everywhere!\njm\nFeb 2013\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n(I realise that it is important to protect my mind from the negativity of others \u2026.negativity infects one too easily and could take a lifetime to wrench oneself free of a single thought. Imagine had I not personally experienced this place, I would have spent my life thinking that the place is full of nuisance-causing hard-selling priests \u2013 a view totally opposite of my own experience \u2013 what a wrongful judgement that would have been.)\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\nThe post The Stylish Priests at Jagannath Temple appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.