Purohit Hindu Priest Performs Ritual

Purohits are priests who lead worship services, officiate at festivals, and perform ceremonies and rituals in Hindu temples and in the homes of devotees. They are also known as temple priests and family priests; female priests are called purohitas. There were an estimated 1,600 purohits in India in 2014, according to the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute in Pune, India. They also work throughout Asia (especially in India) as well as in Western countries such as the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Family Priests, Temple Priests
Duties Lead worship and perform ceremonies and rituals in Hindu temples and devotees’ homes
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
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • Foreign Language
  • Religion
  • Speech
Experience Three to five years of experience as an assistant purohita
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Helpful
  • Outgoing
  • Foreign Language
  • Interpersonal
  • Public Speaking
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements Brahmin caste may be required at some temples
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Temple Administrator
  • Purohita
  • Assistant Purohita
  • Temple Volunteer

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