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From: Krishnamachari, N. (krish_at_ihmail1.ih.lucent.com)
Date: Wed Nov 12 1997 - 11:13:19 PST
I have followed the correspondence relating to priests for performing some of the religious ceremonies. I hope what I am adding here is viewed in a positive sense. It is not intended to adversely comment on any thoughts expressed so far. In my experience, I feel there is a difference between the purohita function and the priest function. The training for the two functions are distinct and different from each other. Even though in this country because of the limitation in resource availability we have the temple priests essentially also functioning as purohita-s, this does not necessarily mean that they are the also the ones who are trained for the purohita function. When an attempt is made to put together a list of people qualified to perform the different ceremonies, this needs to be kept in mind. Also, when we look for people competent or trained to perform the religious functions, I have found some non-vaishNava priests (smartha priests for instance) have been very good in their knowledge of purohitam as well. -dAsan kr*shNamaAchAryan .