A pujari performing the puja rituals in Varanasi, India.

Pūjari is a designation given to a Hindu temple priest who performs pūja. The word comes from the Sanskrit word "पूजा" meaning worship. They are responsible for performing temple rituals, including pūjā and aarti. Pujari are mainly drawn from the Hindu Brahmin and Billava[1][2][3]


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See also


  1. ^ Thurston, Edgar (28 September 2020). Castes and Tribes of Southern India, Volume I of VII. ISBN 9781465582362.
  2. ^ "The Role of Archakas, Temple Priests, in Hinduism". www.hinduwebsite.com. Retrieved 2021-04-08.
  3. ^ "A pujari is merely an appointee of a shebait: Supreme Court". The Hindu. 2019-11-11. Retrieved 2021-04-08.