Goa to Women in Bikinis: 'Come, Leave'

Posted Jun 7th 2011 10:11 AMUpdated Jun 7th 2011 10:51 AM


Officials at the Mahalasa Narany Temple in Goa India have issued an ultimatum: Tourists have to put on some damn clothes or stay out. The president of the temple took to the press this week, complaining about scantily clad foreign women.

The temple standoff sounds like another example of inconsiderate foreigners, but that tired tableau doesn't exactly apply because Goa has been aggressively marketing itself internationally as India's tropical getaway rather than as a cultural destination. Many of the advertisements for the Arabian Sea beach mecca would be more or less interchangeable with advertisements for Hawaii.

Goa has so far failed to find a way to sell itself without selling out its values.

Case in point: In January, 2010 the Goan tourism board backed a ban on advertisements featuring women in two-piece swimsuits, but in April State Tourism Director Swapnil Naik announced that two of the women in an international campaign would sport bikinis. Naik justified the television ads by saying they would only be aired in Europe and Russia, a logical that breaks down as soon as the foreign tourists arrive with bags full of skivvies.

Goa is a beautiful area, popular with Indians and foreigner, and eager to modernize everything except its temples. It is not the Vatica, which cracked down on inappropriately dressed tourists last year, and it isn't Maui. The middle ground where battles take place (like last month's tiff over a depiction of the Goddess Lakshmi on an Australian bathing suit) so it isn't clear if foreigners' will get dressed up before worshippers lower their expectations.

Temple officials are currently particularly upset by visitors who wear flower leis then place them at the temple's altar because flower offerings are traditionally carried.


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June 20 2011 at 3:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

simple. don't visit! want a nice sandy beach... go to the Maldives.

June 08 2011 at 8:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
doo doo

primitive religions messing up the whole world

June 07 2011 at 8:18 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to doo doo's comment

Primitive people don't respect other cultures.

June 08 2011 at 4:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

We (Americans) will come to your beaches and (if we so choose) wear a thong. You will like it, or STFU! Or else we might just "remove" your beach :) We don't care about your little "hurty feelings." DEAL WITH IT!

June 07 2011 at 4:06 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to konandy's comment

That's nasty. Not all Americans are as rude as you.

June 07 2011 at 8:47 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Please NOT the Americans! Those burger chomping FAT monsters with enough cellulite to imitate a beached whale. For the love of God, cover the hell up! You are not as attractive as you think you are!

June 08 2011 at 4:00 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply