A Hindu Minister and/or Hindu Chaplain affiliated with an institution in an official capacity where there are either patients, residents, inmates, employees or students, is an essential part of the Chaplaincy or the Spiritual and Religious Care Department in the institution and should be directly involved in the provision of appropriate, adequate and timely spiritual and religious care for Hindus, those who consider themselves Hindus and any other individuals when deemed necessary.


The Hindu Chaplain will be involved in a variety of religious, spiritual, educational, administrative and social activities within and outside the institution. The following is a list of some of the duties of a Hindu Chaplain.


RELIGIOUS and SPIRITUAL DUTIES:                             

Griaha Shuddhi - (Home Purification): Bless and sanctify the building and the room to be occupied by patient, resident or inmate prior to occupancy or shortly thereafter

Rog Niwaaran - (Administering of Medication): Invocation and supplication to the Presiding Deity of Medicine (Lord Dhanwantari) to bestow curative power unto the healing medication used to treat the disease affecting the patient

Indriya Aaropanaa - (Organ and Tissue Transplant): Bless and sanctify any organ or tissue used for transplant or implant prior to the surgical operation

Nidra Discha (Sleeping Directions): Ensure bed and or sleeping facilities are arranged in the appropriate configuration and in the proper coordinates according to Hindu beliefs and practices

Sandhya (Meditation): Arrange for the availability of the required items for individual worship and meditation and obtaining the explicit approval from the Administration of the institution for the type of worship to be performed

Guru Ashir Vachan - (Guru Guidance): Offer professional guidance, supervision and resource materials for meditation and worship to patient, resident or inmate

Shastri Shiksha - (Pastoral Instructions): Provide instruction to the care giving team on any religious restrictions and injunctions that can directly impact spiritual development, emotional stability and physical health of patient, resident or inmate

Brahma Poojari - (Hindu Priest): Perform specific rituals, within the confines of the institution, as may be necessary from time to time. The following is a list of some of the rituals to be performed.

Jaatakarma Sanskara - performed on the day of the birth of a child and before the child is fed for the first time

Namakaran Sanskara - done on the eleventh day after birth, or shortly thereafter, for the purpose of naming the child

Navagraha Pooja - performed to enhance the healing process by evoking the curative properties of the nine Grahas

Moorti Pooja - performed, upon the request of the patient, to a specific deity invoking divine intervention and blessing

Antim Shwaas - performed during the dying phase when the individual is taking the last breath


Be readily available and prepared to be present with patient, resident or inmate in times of sorrow and grief

Minister and counsel patient, resident or inmate and cater to their specific needs and circumstances

Provide counseling to parents, guardian, family members, relatives, staff as well as others in distress


Participate in Continuing Education classes in Hindu Rituals (Pooja), Rights of Passage (Sanskaras), Hindu Astrology (Jyotish), Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy

Attend additional training sessions in Hindu and Multifaith pastoral care. (Institutions should recommend Multifaith continuing education training be taken in educational institutions approved and/or endorsed by a government recognized multifaith organization such as the Ontario Multifaith Council on Spiritual and Religious Care)

Conduct meetings, seminars, workshops and in service training for staff and other individuals within the institution, bringing the Hindu perspective, to those who are involved with pastoral care, medical treatment, education, rehabilitation and restorative justice

Participate in Committees, Task Groups and Advisory Boards within the institution, bringing the Hindu perspective to those involved with pastoral care, medical treatment, education, rehabilitation and restorative justice

Conduct public awareness campaigns within and outside the institution for the purposes of highlighting the importance of spiritual care in healing and health

Provide resource materials, for staff, students, residents and other individuals within the institution pertaining to spiritual and religious needs of Hindus in the institution


Involved in the supervision of students involved in Clinical Pastoral Education, including routine meetings with students, giving instructions, dealing with concerns which may arise, offering guidance and support.

Prepare abstracts, manuscripts and literature pertaining to spiritual and religious care for Hindu patients for submission to relevant journals and conferences and attend as well as present research results at appropriate conferences and symposium at the local, national and international levels

Input and tabulate relevant data on pastoral care, counseling and rights of passage extended to patient, parents, guardian, family members, relatives and staff within and outside the institution





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