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Priest performing navami arati
in front of a golden statue of Durga
A pujari or archaka is a Hindu temple priest. They are responsible for performing temple rituals, including puja and aarti, and taking care of murtis. Pujaris are mainly drawn from the Hindu Brahmin caste. Both men and women can be pujaris.
All pujaris are expected to adhere to a vegetarian diet.
Throughout India, pujaris act as counselors during Hindu festivities and festivals. Pujaris have a reputation for being learned. They conduct Hindu prayer services.
In Rajput society, pujaris traditionally belonged to the priestly class in the Kshatriya community.
Pujari is an also Indian surname which means "priest".
pusdekar Bidkar karanjkar