UP: 3000 apply for Ayodhya Ram Mandir priest post, 20 to be selected 

3000 people have applied for priest posts in Ayodhya’s Ram Mandir, 200 to be selected for interview for 20 vacancies. 

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The recruitment announcement to be a priest for Ayodhya’s Ram Mandir spread like wildfire as around 3000 people have applied for the said posts. The announcement was made by the Ram Mandir Teerth Kshetra Trust on Monday following which thousands of people showed eagerness to serve at the holy temple, the officials said. 


 Ram Mandir priest post 


According to media reports, these applicants will be screened and only 200 will be selected for interviews based on merit. The interview for these 200 candidates will be held at Karsevak Puram, the Vishva Hindu Parishad's (VHP) headquarters in Ayodhya. 

Out of these 200 candidates, 180 will be eliminated and the final 20 will be selected who will serve as priests at Ram mandir in Ayodhya. The judging panel will comprise 3 people including a Hindu preacher from Vrindavan, Jaykant Mishra, along with two other mahants from Ayodhya, i.e., Satyanarayan Das and Nandini Sharan.


Priest training 


According to Govind Dev Giri, the trust treasurer, following the selection of the 20 priests will go through residential training for six months after which they will be appointed as priests and will also be given different posts in the temple.The candidates who were not selected will also attend the training and will be given certificates, Giri told media. 

Moreover, the syllabus for the training contains religious topics prepared by the top seers. While the training is taking place the candidates will be provided with free food and lodging facilities. Apart from this, they will also receive a stipend of Rs2000, as per media reports. 

Coming to the type of questions that were asked in the interview, Giri said “What is 'Sandhya Vandan', what are its procedures and what are the 'mantras' for this worship? What are the 'mantras' for worshipping Lord Ram and what are 'karma kand' for this? ... all these types of questions were asked to the candidates who had come for the interview."

The construction of Ram Mandir began in 2020 and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to inaugurate the grand holy structure on November 24, 2023.