At Vadapalani Temple, Priests Get Trained in Nuances of Agamas

About 50 archakas attended classes based on curriculum approved by HR&CE dept.

CHENNAI, INDIA, March 12, 2018 (The Hindu): Kapali Vaidhyanatha Gurukkal, an Agama expert and an archaka at the Sri Kapaleeswarar Temple is conducting a course for 50 priests archakas attached to other Saivaite temples. Based on a curriculum approved by the Department, he fits in astrology, Agamas, tales from the puranas, slokas used in various rituals, and rules pertaining to repair and renovation of temples. “We fixed a curriculum for five years where every year, the subjects would change. Last year we taught them about how a temple should be constructed, beginning with the bhumi puja.” This year, the focus is on installation of murthis and performing kumbabhishekam, explained an official source in the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department.

Source: The Hindu