North Indian priests mint money in Kerala
HasKerala in fact become ‘ God’s own country’ as many North Indian Brahmin priests are shifting their bases to Kerala in search of a lucrative income and a steady job. These priests are in great demand for performing temple rituals in both private and family-run temples all through the state and in return they make a handsome monetary gain. While a qualified priest in North India gets only around Rs 2000 per month, in Kerala they doles up around Rs 8000 – 10000 apart from food allowance, which adds up to Rs 3000 per month.
Though there is a sharp difference between the templecustoms and rites in North and South India, the priests manage to juggle these diverse tasks and often the small differences in customs are overlooked deliberately due to the dearth of experienced priests in Kerala to carry out the temple rites. In North India the emphasis is on Shukla Yajurveda and Adharva Veda whereas in Kerala it is based on Yajurveda, Rigveda and Samaveda. Is it that everything is fair in God’s name in His own abode of Kerala? Food for thought indeed 🙂