MA Student Mohit Pandey Chosen as Ayodhya Temple Priest after Rigorous Selection Process

MA student Mohit Pandey, hailing from Lucknow, chosen among 50 priests for Ayodhya Ram Mandir after extensive selection process. Currently undergoing six-month training in Ayodhya

Dec 12, 2023 - 10:26
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MA Student Mohit Pandey Chosen as Ayodhya Temple Priest after Rigorous Selection Process
Mohit Pandey to be the chief priest of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya

Mohit Pandey, a current MA (Acharya) student at Sri Venkateswara Vedic University (SVVU) in Tirupati, has been appointed as one of the 50 priests for the Ayodhya Ram Mandir.

Originally from Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, Pandey underwent a rigorous selection process, involving interviews with approximately 3,000 candidates from across India. Presently, he is undergoing a comprehensive six-month training period in preparation for his role.

Pandey is an alumnus of Dudheshwar Ved Vidyapeeth in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. His educational journey spanned seven years, from Class 6 to Class 12, at the institution located on the premises of the ancient Shri Dudheshwarnath Temple—a significant temple in northern India, attracting devotees from around the world on a daily basis.

Peethadhishwar Mahant Narayan Giri, the head of Dudheshwar Ved Vidyapeeth, remarked, "Over the past 23 years, thousands of students have been educated in Vedas and rituals at the Ved Vidyapeeth. Around 70 students are currently undergoing training to serve as priests and ‘acharyas’ in various temples. Pandey has been chosen to serve Lord Ram in Ayodhya through the blessings of Lord Dudheshwarnath."

Following his education at Dudheshwar Ved Vidyapeeth, Mohit Pandey continued his studies at SVVU in Tirupati, enrolling in the BA (Sastri) course in 2020-21. Graduating with first-class honors, he subsequently joined the MA (Acharya) course earlier this year, concentrating on his first-year studies in the Sama Veda department.

Prof. Rani Sadasiva Murthy, vice chancellor of SVVU, expressed pride in Pandey’s selection, praising his dedication, soft-spoken nature, and commitment to his studies. The vice chancellor noted that several students from the university are currently serving as priests and ‘acharyas’ in temples across the country.

An official from SVVU stated, "Pandey has been selected as ‘acharya’ in the Sama Veda wing, specifically for the Ayodhya temple. After the selection, 15 days ago, he commenced a six-month training program in Ayodhya.

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