Purohits in Nalgonda not hot in marriage market anymore

Purohits in Nalgonda not hot in marriage market anymore
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Purohits who perform marriages are facing difficulties in getting married themselves. Globalisation, social media and impact of western culture have transformed traditional Brahman girls as modern. A majority of the girls of the community are doing well in education and acquiring degrees and PG degrees of their choice.

Nalgonda: Purohits who perform marriages are facing difficulties in getting married themselves. Globalisation, social media and impact of western culture have transformed traditional Brahman girls as modern. A majority of the girls of the community are doing well in education and acquiring degrees and PG degrees of their choice.

Higher education levels among community girls, falling gender ratio rendering them less attractive

These highly educated girls are not interested in marrying the youth pursuing the purohit's profession and are interest in marrying only government employees or high-income corporate employees. The girls’ decision with regard to their wedlock is severely impacting the marital settlement of hymn-chanting purohits. Fall in men and women ratio in the district has also become a curse for purohits.

According to Archana Organisation's elders, Brahman population in the district is about 40,000. Of these, about 5,000 youth, both men and women, are of marriageable age. Of the 5,000, the number of girls ranges from only 600 to 800. This less number of females is providing brides for selecting bridegrooms of their choice. In this scenario, the plight of purohits is quite miserable.

In hopeless conditions, they are earnestly praying to their gods to see that they get married at the earliest. Some purohits are going even to the extent of shouldering the responsibility of the whole family if he is made their son-in-law. Archaka Sangam district president Daulathabadh Vasudeva Sharma said the mindset of Brahman girls changed in the course of time.

Changed cultures and traditions have impacted heavily new generations of the community, particularly the girls. Being educated, girls want to marry only well educated and employed youth for their better future. Ultimately, the victims are purohits who are settled in traditional community profession.

He informed that even though some purohits are earning more money than any of the employees, girls are not willing to share their lives with them as they do not want to get back to the age-old orthodox clutches. Srinivas Rao, a district coordinator of Dhanvathari Foundation which works for the welfare of Brahman community through various programmes, said when they conducted a matrimonial forum on a common dais at Nakrekal in the district in December last year, we received 30 applications from both men and women.

Of them, 27 applications were from men of whom 20 were from purohits and the remaining applications were from girls. Also, when they conducted the same programme at Nalgonda on May 22, 2016, they received only 20 applications from both men and women. Of the 20 applications, 16 were from men of whom 12 were from purohits and the remaining four applications were from girls.

He informed that during the Nakrekal programme, a purohit complained to them that his son was rejected by another purohit father of a girl just because the boy had inherited the family profession. He further informed that only 5 in 100 of the new generation of the community are opting to pursue their studies in Vedic Patasalas, that too under unavoidable circumstances.

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