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Archaka in Hindu Temples

Archaka is the priest performing ritual services in a Hindu Temple. The term is widely used in the South India especially in temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu in Tamil Nadu. The ritual services performed by an archaka include bathing of the deity, worshipping of the deity with flowers and other rituals as prescribed in the Vaishnava Agamas.

As per Vaishnava tradition, on special occasions the God of the temple communicates his wish or confers his blessings and favors on the devotees through the priests.