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This article is about the priests. For the subcaste, see Poojary (Billava subcaste).
A pujari performing the puja rituals.

A pujari or archaka is a Hindu temple priest. The word comes from the Sanskrit/Hindi word "Puja" meaning worship.[1] 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. They 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 also an Indian surname.

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  1. ^ "pujari". Oxford University Press. Retrieved 3 December 2013.