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Aspiring purohits who plan to work in a temple in the United States must be proficient in English, Sanskrit (the primary sacred language of Hinduism), Hindi, and Telegu. They may also need to be proficient, or at least have working knowledge, of regional Indian languages such as Bengali, Tamil, Malayalam, and Kannada, or the languages spoken in the countries where they work. Few, if any, American high schools teach Indian languages, but Indian community centers and local colleges offer language classes. Additionally, if you live in New Jersey, Connecticut, and Maryland, you can take Hindi classes offered by the nonprofit organization HindiUSA (

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