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Question regarding SrAddham.

From: Narasimhan Krishnamachari (champakam_at_yahoo.com)
Date: Fri May 19 2000 - 03:48:15 PDT

In regard to the question regarding SrAddham that SrI SrIkAnt had
raised, I wanted to share my experience.  SrI Mani is correct that it
is difficult to find purohita-s who are trained to condcut the ceremony
with the mantra-s pronounced correctly etc.  Recently I invited a
priest and at the end of the ceremony felt the same way that Mani had
described.  However, occasionally you find temple priests who happen to
be trained properly.  There is one such priest in Chicago, but he is a
smArtha and not a vaishNava priest.  I have been advised that if you
can't get a qualified vaishNava purohita, it is okay to use a smArtha
purohita, as long as the people who are invited to fulfil the pitR
sthAnam are vaishNava-s.  For a person living in the bay area, the
availability of a priest in the Chicago area is not a convenient
solution. 

-Krishnamachari  

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