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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.


Pujari is also an Indian surname.

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