PUJARI (Non-Pastoral Religious Worker)
The Shree Kutch Satsang Swaminarayan Temple (London) in accordance with Vedic Hindu rituals, idols (murtis) of Hindu deities have been installed. Accordingly murtis require a certain level of care and attention to ensure there purity for God Almighty to reside in them and it is customary for rituals to be performed on a daily basis. Thus, the pujari must have been instructed in performance of the duties in India under training from Swamis (Saints).
Role Profile & Responsibilities
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Prepare all murtis for darshan by 7:30am and 4:30pm daily
- Waking each individual murti of each God whilst also reciting the appropriate mantra.
- Bathing mentally and physically (according to each murti) per the Vedic method whilst also reciting the appropriate mantra.
- Dressing each individual murti of each God appropriately for morning darshan, afternoon darshan and evening darshan
- Performing the aarti for each individual murti of each God whilst also reciting the appropriate mantra.
- Appropriately preparing and then offering to each individual murti of each God food and water, four times during the day, whilst also reciting the appropriate mantra.
- Finally in the evening placing each individual murti of each God to sleep whilst also reciting the appropriate mantra
- Prepare all items for puja in readiness for all religious events according to the Hindu calendar with special attention to the Swaminarayan Sampraday, as directed by the Temple Management.
- Accompany the murti of God which followers and non-followers request visit their home to celebrate/occasion good luck, reciting the appropriate mantra at their homes, as directed by the Temple Management.
- Recite divine/Vedic blessings/mantras at special occasions such as; marriage, illness, bereavement etc, in consultation with the temple management.
- Keep the murti showcase (sinhasan) in good order and clean and inform Temple Management regarding repairs and renewals requiring attention.
- Self-contained accommodation shall be provided on Temple premises and the Pujari shall reside therein as an integral part of the appointment.
- Clothing and meals are provided by the Temple from its own resources and the Pujari shall have a free hand at meal preparation. Clothing shall be provided appropriate to the office of Pujari.