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Madhya Pradesh mulls ‘qualified’ priests

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | RABINDRA NATH CHOUDHURY
Published Dec 10, 2019, 1:23 am IST
Updated Dec 10, 2019, 1:23 am IST
The state government has almost given final shape to its proposal to fix a criteria for people desirous of serving as priests in Hindu temples.
Kamal Nath.
 Kamal Nath.

Bhopal: Kamal Nath government has set in motion a move to appoint ‘qualified’ priests in temples in Madhya Pradesh, raising many eyebrows here.

The state government has almost given final shape to its proposal to fix a criteria for people desirous of serving as priests in Hindu temples and head of maths (religious institution) in MP.

 

A priest needs to be strictly a vegetarian, well-versed with Hindu religious scriptures and should have a minimum educational qualification of class eight pass, according to the criteria set for the appointment of priests in the temples.

“The move will pave the way for the government controlled temples and religious institutions in the state to become litigation free, besides serving the purpose of protecting the Sanatan Dharma in the long run,” a senior officer of the state spiritual department told this newspaper here on Monday.

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