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Three T.N. Women Trainees to soon become Assistant Priests at Temples

Why is it in the news?

  • Recently, three women in Tamil Nadu, have undergone training to become assistant priests at Sri Vaishnava temples.

More about the news

  • They are the first women in the state to study at the Archakar Training School run by the Sri Ranganathar Temple in Srirangam.
  • The women, who have completed postgraduate and bachelor’s degrees, expressed their desire to serve the Lord and become archakas.
  • The training included stipends for the archaka trainees during their course, and they will continue to receive stipends during their internships.
  • One of the trainees mentioned that while receiving Dheeksha as part of their training, Pancharathra agama tradition was followed.
About Pancharatra Agama:

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 The “Pancharatra Agama” is a significant religious text within the Hindu school of philosophy known as Vaishnavism.

脴聽 Vaishnavism is a branch of Hinduism that worships Lord Vishnu as the supreme deity and focuses on devotion and worship.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 The Pancharatra Agama provides both practical and theoretical guidance for Vaishnavites, encompassing various aspects of worship, rituals, and philosophical concepts.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 There are believed to be more than 200 Vaishnava agamas, but the Pancharatra Agama is considered one of the most authoritative texts by many scholars and practitioners.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 The Pancharatra movement within Hinduism emerged in the late 1st millennium BCE, emphasizing Narayana and the avatars of Vishnu as central deities.

脴聽 This movement later merged with the ancient Bhagavata tradition and significantly contributed to the development of Vaishnavism as a distinct branch of Hinduism.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Agamas, in general, are a special class of Hindu religio-philosophical literature that has been passed down through generations of teachers and scholars.

脴聽 There are three primary categories of Agamas: Saiva (related to Lord Shiva), Sakta (also known as Tantra, related to the goddess Shakti), and Vaishnava (related to Lord Vishnu).

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 The Pancharatra Agama falls under the Vaishnava category and plays a vital role in guiding the religious practices and beliefs of Vaishnavites.

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