10-day training program for ‘Pujaris’ of SMVDSB concludes

Pujaris of SMVDSB during valedictory function of a training program on Saturday.
Pujaris of SMVDSB during valedictory function of a training program on Saturday.

Excelsior Correspondent
KATRA, Feb 26: Organized by Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB), a ten-day refresher course for Pujaris on enhancement of knowledge on Vedic rituals concluded today amid chanting of Vedic mantras.
Held in two batches of 17 Pujaris each, the course was designed as a tool for understanding specific rituals, mantras and practices that a Pujari needs, besides a highly specific and professional approach about their Pujan Vidhi.
To meet the basic objectives of the training programme, experienced and qualified guest faculty and scholars of Vedic studies from renowned institutes of Kashi, Varanasi in collaboration with Chudamani Sanskrit Sansthan, Basohli (Kathua) were invited.
The main training contents included kalp sahit paurohitya, sanatan dharm, achar, vyavahar, jap, tap, daan, devee/deva stuti, panchagavya, pranayam, vastr dhaaran, shikha bandhan, aasan vichaar, jal shuddhi, sthaan shuddhi, suktas, stotras, shlokas, mantras, shraaddh parichay, tarpan, panchamahaayagy, havan, poornahuti and prasaad graham, etc.
There were lively Q&A segments after some sessions, which demonstrated that the participants shared strong concern about the topics and presentations, and confirmed the need for such edifying courses to be organized on a regular basis as they would prove to be very valuable in performing Pujan Vidhi and other rituals as per our Vedic philosophy.
Ramesh Kumar, Chief Executive Officer, SMVDSB, stressed on the important role of Pujaris as a performer of religious activities, as a teacher/counselor and as a temple executive.
Dr Sunil Sharma, Joint CEO who attended the valedictory session said that the training programme was taken up for Pujaris to give the much-needed fillip to the Temple activities.
Participants were also given certificates in the concluding ceremony.