An institute in Udupi trains purohits and is affiliated to Sanskrit university.This temple town, which has been acknowledged globally as the seat of dvaita philosophy (duality) has begun spreading tenets of Hindu rituals and its performance to the developed world. What was known till recently as ‘old-world knowledge’, has now started being a source of income to thousands of youngsters in this area.
The institute also works in co-operation with the National Institute of Vedic Sciences at Bangalore.
“The vision of the institute was to give legal academic competence to these courses, which will then help these students get economic support. An average family that depends on pourohitya [the performing of priestly duties] and jobs as archaks [priests] in temples still struggles to make two ends meet. These students are keen on continuing the traditions followed by their families, but it is the job of society to create a situation and give them skills to do it. That is what we hope to achieve,”
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