Session 7a: Making the Mandirs & Priests More Effective

Session 7a: Making the Mandirs & Priests More Effective

Most of the Mandirs in west recruit trained priests from India. With a few exceptions, these priests speak very little English and have great difficulty in communicating with anyone other than first generation Hindus. They are new to the American culture and it takes years for them to be integrated into the society. Very often they live in relative isolation, sharing their lives with a few other priest families. The second generation Hindus have little connection to these priests. Hindu temples will not be sustainable if our younger generation does not understand, appreciate, and carry on the traditions of Sanatana Dharma. Improving communication skills of the priests along with cultural sensitivity training and welfare of the priests’ children and their integration into the community is imperative.

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