Madhya Pradesh government to launch Hindu priesthood course, religion no bar

The Madhya Pradesh Government-run Maharshi Patanjali Sanskrit Sansthan will launch a diploma course in "Hindu Purohityam" for all irrespective of caste or religion.

Published: 06th April 2017 09:51 PM  |   Last Updated: 06th April 2017 09:51 PM   |  A+A-

A priest cleans 'kuthuvilakku' before the Shivaratri celebrations in Aluva Manappuram. (Albin Mathew| EPS)

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By PTI

BHOPAL: The Madhya Pradesh Government-run Maharshi Patanjali Sanskrit Sansthan will launch a diploma course in "Hindu Purohityam" or priestly duties for all irrespective of caste or religion, its director said today.

"From July this year, we are launching the one-year 'Diploma in Purohityam' for teaching priesthood. This course would be open for all irrespective of caste, gender or religion. The basic qualification needed is class X," Director of Bhopal-based Maharshi Patanjali Sanskrit Sansthan P R Tiwari told PTI. a

The move is, however, opposed by a Brahmin outfit who had staged a protest in May last year when the government had proposed to make priests from Scheduled Caste community. Tiwari said that students enrolled for this course would be taught about Hindu 'Karmakand' (rituals) performed at various occasions like marriages, house warming etc.

"We will teach these rituals in a logical way along with perfect pronunciation of matras in accordance with Hindu traditions. The priests would have all the explanation related to these rituals, which is basically a science," Tiwari added. He said two other diplomas are also being launched along with the 'Diploma in Purohityam' course.

"We are also coming up with diplomas in Vastu and Jyotish Shastra (astrology) along with Purohityam diploma," he said. Sansthan is the nodal agency for promoting of yoga and Sanskrit in Madhya Pradesh. Opposing the move, Pragatisheel Brahmin Manch General Secretary Chandrashekhar Tiwari said that the state government was working against the interests of Brahmins.

"We had staged protest on May 12 last year when the state government had proposed to make purohits (Hindu priests) from scheduled caste community. Brahmins are already marginalised due to the reservation. Now, the government wants to snatch traditional livelihood of Brahmins," Chandrashekhar said.

He said the Manch is planning to hold a major protest against this move. "We will show our power through the ballot in the year 2018 (when the state goes to polls)," Chandrashekhar added.

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