We all know that there are certain rules to be followed when one visits a holy place. Certain etiquettes must be taken into consideration when we worship the God Almighty. One of the etiquettes is to cover our heads while worshiping. But why do we cover our heads? In this article we will be discussing what does covering the head signifies in different religions.
In the early years of Christianity, both men and women were supposed to cover their heads while entering their place of worship. But, this tradition got amended by the Apostle of the Gentiles and then only women were supposed to cover their heads at their place of worship. Although, this tradition of covering the head inside a Church faded away with time. Now, only a few people can be seen covering their heads inside a Church.
Islam religion requires both men and women to dress up appropriately while visiting a mosque. Women are required to cover their head and most of the skin by wearing long and full sleeves clothes. Men should wear proper full sleeved shirt and pant or kurta pajama and are also required to cover their head with a round white cap called ‘Taqiyah’. They do so because all this is mentioned in their holy book ‘The Quran’.
Sikhism also provides some rules for both men and women for entering the Gurudwara. Both men and women are required to remove their socks and shoes as a mark of respect for their holy book ‘Guru Granth Sahib’ that is placed inside the Gurudwara. Men and women have to cover their heads when they enter their holy place because Sikhs believe that head is the center of storing energy in our body. They believe that if people won’t cover their heads then the positive energy acquired by them in the Gurudwara will be lost through the head.
Hindu women and men cover their heads in the temple as a mark of respect, gratitude, and humility towards the god almighty. Although the rule is not so strict in North Indian temples, people are free to choose whether to cover their heads or not. South Indian temples have some really strict rules like a strict dress code for entering the temple etc.
So, we see that covering the head during worship has a whole different meaning in different religions. It’s always a pleasure to know about all the religions and respect our differences.