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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The U.S. Department of Labor does not collect salary information for archakas, but it does report that religious workers-not otherwise classified earned median annual salaries of $29,820 in May 2018. Earnings ranged from less than $19,400 to $58,320 or more.
In India, annual salaries for archakas are quite low—the equivalent of $540 to $900 (in U.S. currency), according to New Delhi Tel...
Hindu temples range greatly in size, style, and decoration—from the stunning Arulmigu Ramanatha Swami Temple in India, with its beautifully colored ceiling, ornate decorations, and hall of 1,000 pillars to a still beautiful, but smaller, temple in a U.S. suburb. They are busy places filled with the sounds of prayer and song, with devotees constantly coming and going. At a large temple, an archa...
The percentage of Americans who practice Hinduism nearly doubled from 2007 (0.4 percent) to 2014 (0.7 percent), according to America’s Changing Religious Landscape, a report from the Pew Research Center. Yet despite this growth, the number of adherents to Hinduism in the United States is relatively small (2.5 million), and there are only 200 or so Hindu temples. As a result, it may be ...