How to wear dhoti in iskcon


In the rich tapestry of ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness), wearing a dhoti holds profound spiritual significance. It symbolizes humility, simplicity, and devotion. Today, we'll learn how to don the dhoti in the Hare Krishna style, a practice deeply revered within ISKCON .



Step-by-Step Guide:

1. Preparation:

   - Lay out the dhoti flat and divide it into two equal parts.
   - Place a note on the right-hand side of the dhoti.


2. Wrapping the Dhoti:

   - Hold the vertical side of the dhoti and fold it from the vertical side to the clock side.
   - Start making pleats in the dhoti by folding it upside down.
   - Take the right-hand side part of the dhoti and fold it vertically. 
   - Then, take the pleats and tuck them neatly into the waistband.


3. Finishing:

   - Iron the pleats for a crisp finish, ensuring they lie flat against the body.
   - Repeat the process for the left-hand side of the dhoti, creating vertical pleats.
   - Tuck the remaining fabric neatly into the waistband and adjust as needed.


Cultural Significance:

Wearing the dhoti in the ISKCON style is not merely a sartorial choice but a spiritual practice deeply rooted in Vedic tradition. It reflects a devotee's commitment to simplicity, purity, and devotion to Lord Krishna.



Tips for Maintenance:

- To maintain the dhoti's pristine appearance, wash it with care and iron it on low heat.
- Store it folded neatly to prevent creases and wrinkles.



Mastering the art of wearing a Vaishnava dhoti in ISKCON style is more than just mastering a garment; it's an embodiment of devotion and reverence. As we embrace this tradition, let us do so with humility and gratitude, knowing that each fold represents our dedication to the path of bhakti.


|| Hare Krishna ||