Temples across Karnataka will soon turn into gurukulas for priests and aspiring priests. The Muzrai Department of Karnataka government is proposing to conduct short- and long-term courses in Sanskrit, Vedas and Agama shastras for priests at temples.
As reported by The New Indian Express, the government has set up a committee which will look at the feasibility of conducting these courses at temples that generate considerable revenue.
Envisioned by the Department of Muzrai, which is the administrative authority for temples in Karnataka, the said proposal seeks to use temple premises to conduct courses which can be undertaken by both serving priests as well as those who wish to become priests.
“This is like a skilling programme for young people and those who want to be priests. Senior priests from various temples will conduct practical classes for aspirants and students,” said Muzrai officials, as reported.
In a bid to address the lack of basic infrastructure that ails Sanskrit schools and colleges in the state, the department seeks to hold these courses at A category temples, most of whom have large spaces and generate ample revenue.
“By conducting classes on the premises of temples that has good space and facilities, we can provide more amenities for those who want to learn,” said Minister for Muzarai Kota Srinivas Poojary, as reported.
The department this year had announced that the revenue generated from A and B grade temples will also be used to clean up and maintain temple ponds and lakes.
A grade temples are those whose revenues are above Rs 25 lakh per annum, while B grade temples generate an annual revenue of upto Rs 10 lakh.
Under the Jalabhishekha Project, the government in association with private organisations and individuals is aiming to clean around 250 kalyanis (temple ponds) in these temples.
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