Amarnath Yatra: 2-day refresher course for Pujaris held at Jammu

JAMMU: In order to upgrade the skills of Pujaris and make their Pujan Vidhi updated, the Amarnath Shrine Board on Saturday organised 2-day refresher course for Pujaris here.
According to a statement, the course started at Kalika Dham, Jammu in which 24 Pujaris are participating.
Prof Vishva Murti Shastri, Member, Amarnath Shrine Board on the occasion said: “Pujaris are learned religious leaders who know Sanskrit (the sacred language of Hinduism) and hundreds of mantras, vedic chants and rituals. They are temple priests who are considered to be spiritually pure and blessed.”
Stressing upon the Pujaris for sharpening of their Pujan skill and to build up their capacity in conducting religious rituals/practices he said: “Depending on the deity, there shall be specific rituals, mantras & practices that a Pujari needs to master.”
He impressed upon the Pujaris to be highly specific and professional about the Pujan Vidhi of Lord Shiva. Prof Shastri further emphasized on proper pronunciation of Mantras and Shlokas as mispronunciation leads to adverse results.
While deliberating on various aspect of Puja, Prof Shastri hoped that the refresher course will reinforce and upgrade participants existing knowledge and religious skills.
Anup Kumar Soni, Additional CEO informed that the refresher course is being organised as a part of Board’s decision. Dy CEOs Parshottam Kumar and Vikas Verma were also present on the occasion.