In many pictures of Swami Vivekananda, it is seen that he is wearing a saffron turban.As per wiki article on Swami ji, it is said he was a Hindu monk. My question is, was it a Hindu monk culture to wear turban or was it his personal life style that he adopted?

For reference, Here is a picture from same article taken in Chicago:

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  • it was donned on him as a mark of respect when he left for Chicago. I believe something to this effect is mentioned in his Complete Works, @SwamiVishwananda might be able to throw light
    – ram
    Commented Feb 27, 2020 at 22:39
  • @ram I see. Let's wait for the answer then. Or else if you know post that.
    – TheLittleNaruto
    Commented Feb 28, 2020 at 5:31
  • many sadhus carry a cloth with them (as do many Indians) that they can use for different purposes, including putting on their head. Commented Feb 28, 2020 at 11:07
  • @Swami So there is no specific significance of wearing a turban by a Hindu monk. Is it?
    – TheLittleNaruto
    Commented Feb 28, 2020 at 18:48
  • They have to cover thier head. Whether is turban or otherwise Commented Feb 29, 2020 at 14:12


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