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Purohit

Aliases: Pandit

Industry/Sector(s): Religious Professionals


JOB DESCRIPTION 1

The tasks a Purohit is expected to perform include:

  • Performing religious rites and ceremonies of Hindus on behalf of persons engaging him
  • Performing rites, marriage, birth of child ceremony, sacred thread ceremony, etc. by chanting religious hymns
  • Reciting from scriptures and/or performing havans, kirtans​, etc. to invoke divine blessing
  • Worshipping deity in temple
WORK ENVIRONMENT 1, 2
  • It is not a desk job
  • Need not handle a team
  • Local travelling is a part of this job role
  • Part-time work and contractual jobs may be available
  • Work from home option is not available
Working hours
  • Organizations usually work for 7 days a week and 9/10 hours everyday. This may vary from organization to organization
  • Shift system may be available
  • Overtime may be required​​​
  • Being self-employed is also an option. In this case, the working hours and days will be flexible 
Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?

This may vary from organization to organization

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING 4

Preferably, B.A. with Sanskrit/Hindi​

KEY COMPETENCIES 1
  • Skilled in performing Vedic rituals/ceremonies
  • Knowledge of all worshipping rites
  • In-depth knowledge of all the mantras, rituals and religious verses
  • Knowledge of astrology
DESIRABLE COMPETENCIES 1
  • Good communication skills
  • Time management skills
  • Decision-making skills
AVAILABLE SKILL TRAINING AND LEARNING INSTITUTES 

Colleges offering B.A. in Sanskrit or Hindi across India

AVAILABLE SKILL TRAINING SCHEMES/SCHOLARSHIPS 

Coming soon
SAMPLE OF TRAINING AND LEARNING COURSES 
  • http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hindu_texts​
CAREER PROGRESSION PATH 3

Trustee of Temple, Church, Mosque, etc. 

       ↑
Purohit
       ↑
Senior Priest
       ↑
Priest → Teacher, Preacher
The progression is indicative
EXPECTED EARNINGS 4
  • Salary may vary for self-employed individuals
  • For individuals employed by the Armed Forces, the salary will depend on their pay grade 
These figures are indicative and subject to change
REQUIRED WORK EXPERIENCE 4

Some organizations hire new entrants too

PROBABLE EMPLOYERS 4
  • Religious institutions
  • Self-employed
KEYWORDS 
  • Purohit
  • Pandit
  • Pujari
OCCUPATIONAL CODES AND STANDARDS 
Standard Code Description
NCO 2015 2636.0200 Purohit
ISCO 2008 2636 Religious Professionals
NIC 2008 94910 Activities of religious organizations
QP Reference Not available Not available
NSQF Not available Not available
REFERENCES 

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