Shrine Board organises refresher course for Vaishno Devi priests

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JAMMU, FEB 16 (UNI):- Priests of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board attending a refresher course at Katra in Reasi District of Jammu and Kashmir, on Wednesday.

Jammu, (UNI): With an aim to sharpen the skills and to update their capacities in conducting religious rituals and practices, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board started a 10 day long refresher course for priests (Pujaris) at Bhawan in Trikuta Hills of Reasi District in Jammu and Kashmir.

Shrine Board spokesman said that the refresher course will conclude on February 25.

It is noteworthy that besides carrying out Puja at Holy Cave Shrine, these Pujaris are entrusted with imparting religious instructions and information to the pilgrims.

He said that the training will be imparted on Ritualistic Skills by 10 experts from well renowned institutions of Kashi, Varanasi in collaboration with Chudamani Sanskrit Sansthan, Basohli, Kathua.

The refresher course shall cover 30 Pujaris in two batches of 15 Pujaris each with focus on the specific rituals, mantras and practices that a Pujari needs to master besides, highly specific and professional approach about their Pujan Vidhi, he added.

The spokesman said that the main training contents includes kalp sahit paurohitya, sanatan dharm, achar, vyavahar, jap, tap, daan, devee, deva stuti, panchagavya, pranayam, vastr dhaaran, shikha bandhan, aasan vichaar, jal shuddhi, sthaan shuddhi, suktas, stotras, shlokas, mantras, shraaddh parichay, tarpan, panchamahaayagy, havan, poornahuti, and prasaad grahan etc.

Ramesh Kumar, Chief Executive Officer said that these continuous learning and refresher programs not only improve the energy level of the participants but also creates a resonating effect on the fellow employees who shall be trained.

Dr. Sunil Sharma, Joint Chief Executive Officer, SMVDSB while deliberating on various aspects of the refresher course hoped that this will reinforce and upgrade participants’ existing knowledge and religious skills.

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