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Assam Govt Gives Financial Assistance To Temple, Namghar Priests

Sarma said that the initiative has been taken by the government due to the difficulties faced by the priests during the pandemic when temples and monasteries were shut down to prevent the spread of the contagion.

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Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma Tuesday  formally handed over one time financial assistance of Rs10,000 each to priests of  temples and 'namghars' (Vaishnav prayer halls) in the state.

The grant has been given to 6,124 'namghoriyas' (Vaishnav priests) and 2,148 purohits (temple priests) as part of the state government's promise of financial support to the COVID-hit population, an official release said. Owing to the huge number of beneficiaries, the cheques were handed over to ten purohits and namghoriyas each. The remaining beneficiaries received  the grant through bank transfers in their respective accounts. 

Sarma said that the initiative has been taken by the government due to the difficulties faced by the priests during the pandemic when temples and monasteries were shut down to prevent the spread of the contagion. The Vaishnav monasteries and temples have a cultural significance in Assam besides playing the spiritual and religious roles in the daily lives of people. There is a very thin line which differentiates religious rituals and cultural traditions in the state, Sarma added. 

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