Karnataka's Chamarajanagar district administration has asked temple priests to recite mantras and perform rituals in Kannada to be more accessible to devotees, Times of India reported.
According to media reports, Deputy Commissioner MR Ravi said, "Recently, I visited the Himavad Gopalaswamy temple in the district to offer prayers. I found it interesting that alongside Sanskrit, the priests were using Telugu and Tamil as well while performing puja. When I asked the priests why Kannada was missing, they said there is a lack of training and learning material."
"I held a meeting with temple priests on March 3, and they said they were ready to chant Kannada mantras provided they received training. So we are planning to hold a workshop where Kannada priests like Hiremagalur Kannan of Chikkamagaluru will train their counterparts here," he added.
A workshop will be held to train the priests of the district's 281 temples, who currently chant Sanskrit mantras, in Kannada invocations.