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What should be the color of the clothes worn by a temple priest?

Is there any scripture which talks about the duties/rituals of a temple priest ? Like what should be the color of this clothes ? For temples of different deities, should the color of the priests' ...
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Who gets the remnants of homa/sacrifice/puja?

When pujas performed, normally, the officiating priest takes the items (like rice, wheat, grains,...) remaining after the puja or used during the puja. I have seen priests take the grains, some also ...
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Ritwijas and Purohitas becoming Kshatriya

While describing the duties of the Brahmanas, Bhishma says They amongst them that become Ritwikas, Purohitas, counsellors, envoys, and messengers, become, O king, equal to Kshatriyas. Ganguly's ...
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Why isn't there a female Shankaracharya in Hinduism? [duplicate]

Why are not women made pontiffs in Hinduism or in any other religion for that matter?
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Which are seven Hotā mentioned in Śiva Saṅkalpa Sūkta?

Śiva Saṅkalpa Sūkta is a sūkta of six Śloka from 34th chapter of Ṣukla Yajurveda. This hymn is dedicated to (a prayer) for having mind of Śiva (auspicious, good) Saṅkalpa (thoughts, intentions). ...
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Is preaching recommended or mandatory to a temple priest?

Every temple in India has at least one priest. The act of preaching scriptures a recommended act or mandatory act for him?
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Who was Parâvasu the former Hotri for Asuras?

Shatapatha Brahmana 1.5.1 mentions an interesting thing about the priests of the Devas and Asuras: He steps beside the Hotri's seat, takes one stalk of (reed) grass from the Hotri's seat and casts it ...
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What is the story of the three previous Agnis who passed away?

The Shatapatha Brahmana 1.3.3 mentions the following interesting conversation between Agni and the other gods: He then lays the (three) enclosing-sticks (paridhi) around (the fire). The reason ...
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Who was the wife of Manu who was sacrificed by the priests of the Asuras?

I came across an interesting story while reading the Shatapatha brahmana regarding Manu's encounters with the priests of Asuras about whose identity I had asked a separate question. These two had ...
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Why does Manu Smriti declare temple priests as sinful?

"Physicians, temple priests, sellers of meat, and those who subsist by shop-keeping must be avoided at sacrifices offered to the gods and to the manes." (Manusmriti: 3/152) "(Food) given to a ...
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Who are the Rajpurohits?

I read about rajpurohit that they are rajgurus of the king in the kingdom but I'm not sure about this position. So who are the Rajpurohits and were Guru Dronacharya and Kripacharya the Rajpurohits of ...
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What is the need of a priest in Vedas?

I found from a post (see question no.5) , Brahma is the priest in Atharva Veda. As all 4 Vedas are given by Brahma, then who are the priests of remaining 3 Vedas? As Vedas are for knowledge then, ...
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Why Priest give flowers and again take them back with money?

First Priest give flowers to devotee. After Puja is over and priest collect Flowers with money from devotee. Why so?
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Why is money offered to God as ₹101, 1001 etc. and not ₹ 100, 1000 etc? [duplicate]

I have noticed that after performing rituals, Hindus give dakshina (or fees) to the pandit (priest) in the form of ₹ 101, 151, 501 or ₹ 1001 and not ₹ 100, 150, 500 or simply any round figure. Even ...
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Why are Tirupati temple priests restricted from traveling overseas?

From this news article: When Pandit Venkatacharilu Samudrala first headed West 32 years ago, he wasn't steered by visions of the good life. In fact, Samudrala strongly resisted joining the newly ...
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Who owns a Hindu temple according to Hindu scriptures?

Subramanian Swamy said in a video that God owns the temple, and the pundit only acts as a 'trustee'. Is this validated by the Hindu scriptures? Also, assuming it is validated, is this applicable to ...
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