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Trained priests for Pujas

Trained priests for Pujas

Author: Statesman News Service
Publication: The Statesman
Date: August 26, 2008
URL: http://www.thestatesman.net/page.news.php?clid=22&theme=&usrsess=1&id=219779

The Sarvabharatiya Prachyavidya Academy will hold a nine day extensive Durga Puja training camp for priests. The training will begin from tomorrow and continue till 3 September.

The training will help the priests perfect the rendition of Sanskrit hymns and learn the exact process of worshipping goddess Durga.

More than 100 students have already enrolled their names for the training camp. Interestingly, three doctors, five engineers and four lawyers have registered their names for the training camp, said Mr Jayanta Kushary, principal of the Sarvabharatiya Prachyavidya Academy.

Practical and theory classes will be held simultaneously at Sobhabazar Rajbari. Students who have passed their school final examinations are qualified to take admission for the training. The course fee is Rs 100. Students will get a certificate issued by Mr Pranab Roy, former secretary of the Bangiyo Sanskrit Siksha Parishad.

Around 18 teachers will come from Sanskrit College and the Nikhil Banga Sanskrit Sibir Samity to impart training. The training will be held from 2 pm to 5 pm. Hindus cutting across caste divisions have enlisted their names for the training.

Mr Kushary pointed out the fact that the number of expert priests is fast decreasing. He expressed the hope that such training would arrest this trend.

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