|Early Times Report\|
JAMMU, May 4: The Pujaris engaged by Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, besides carrying out Puja at Holy Cave Shrine are entrusted with imparting religious instructions & information to the pilgrims. In order to upgrade the skill of pujaris & make their Pujan Vidhi updated, the Shrine Board decided to organise a free of cost refresher course for Pujaris. Accordingly, a two day well designed refresher course for Pujaris commenced today at Kalika Dham, Jammu. Professor Vishva Murti Shastri , Member, Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board & well known Sanskrit/Vedic Scholar & Director, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Gurukul presided over the refresher course, which is attended by 24 Pujaris. During the course, Prof Shastri said that "Pujaris are learned religious leaders who know Sanskrit ( the sacred language of Hinduism) and hundreds of mantras, vedic chants & rituals. They are temple priests who are considered to be spiritually pure & blessed. Stressing upon the Pujaris for sharpening of their Pujan skill & to build up their capacity in conducting religious rituals/practices he said that " Depending on the deity, there shall be specific rituals, mantras & practices that a Pujari needs to master.