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