Archakas

Archaka Temple Priest Gives Offering

Archakas lead worship services, perform ceremonies and rituals, and officiate at festivals in Hindu temples. They tend to the spiritual needs of approximately one billion Hindus worldwide (including 2.5 million in the United States). The majority of archakas are male, but a growing number are female. Archakas are also known as pandits, pujaris, and temple priests.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Pandits, Pujaris, Temple Priests
Duties Lead worship and perform ceremonies and rituals in Hindu temples
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large U.S. cities
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Foreign Language
  • Religion
  • Speech
Experience Three to five years experience
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Helpful
  • Outgoing
Skills
  • Foreign Language
  • Interpersonal
  • Public Speaking
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements Background check may be needed; temples with very traditional rules restrict this position to members of the Brahmin caste
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Temple Administrator
  • Archaka
  • Assistant Archaka

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