Hindu women are today conducting prayers, pujas and rituals in different parts of
In North and Western India, Hindu Priestesses are today conducting pujas like Vaastu Puja, Maha Rudra, pujas associated with birth and death, Satya Narayan Katha puja, Satya Vinayak, Satya Dutta, Satya Amba, Satya Shiv, Satya Gajanan, Udakshanti, Rudra, Ati Rudra, Pranpratishtha, Atharvashirsha, Bramhanspatisukta, Shripurushsukta, Shrisukta, Shri Soursukt and several other pujas.
Today there are several organizations and ashrams in
Chandrashekhar Barve writes about the Hindu Priestesses in
in Times of India Nagpur
Actually, before the early 1980s, there was not a single women priest in the city. It was a priest - Vidhwans Guruji - who brought about the revolution. ‘Even women like Gargi and Maitrayee were sages,’ Kanetkar says. But the male-dominated society couldn't quite make its peace (read
Omshanti) with the idea. But determined as he was, Vidhwans said women could indeed become priestesses. And there was no looking back. The tapasya-like dedication paid off, and today 20 to 30 girls are groomed to be priests every year.