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Religious Worker - Madapalli Priest Assistant

Salary Per Annum:

£20,820.08 per annum. We comply with the National Minimum Wage regulations, provide holiday pay and other benefits according to the laws of UK.

Hours Per Week:


Days Per Week:

5 - 6 Days - Flexible Working Pattern

Job Status:

Full Time


London Sri Murugan Temple, 78 Church Road, Manor Park, London E12

Reports To:


Responsible To:


Posting Date:

05 May 2024

Closing Date:

04 June  2024

Temple Overview


London Sri Murugan Temple is a Hindu Religious charity which was formed  in 1975.  In 2005, the Trustees opened a grand new Temple built mostly in granite with a 50 feet Rajagopuram (Tower) conforming to the South Indian (agama shastra) architectural principle. The Temple has become a phenomenal success not only as a place of worship but also as a community centre for social and cultural services. London Sri Murugan Temple is now a well established landmark in the London Borough of Newham.  Many students from local schools, visitors from further afield and international countries visit the Temple on a regular basis.

​Job Purpose

  • Postholder will work as Madappali Priest Assistant to prepare distribute prasadham to devotees and support with the food preparation for all auspicious events/functions of the Temple.  The successful postholder will also support the team with the washing and polishing of all cooking utensils where appropriate.

  • Prepare and provide sanctified food offering by meeting minimal requirements of purity and austerity and abide by strict guidelines, such as the proscription of the use of meat in any food prepared or served in the temple.

  • To contribute to organisation growth through the quality service to ensure the culinary needs of the devotees are met during auspicious occasions/festivals.

  • Be of exemplary character befitting the position of the Madappali Priest Assistant and adhere to temple processes and policies.

  • Provide assistance and engage in all religious activities of the temple.

Key Working Relationships

Board of Trustees
Board of Trustees from other Temple(s)
Ancillary Staff
Other Hindu Organizations

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Coordinate with the chief priest to ensure food and beverage is available during morning, midday and evening in preparing vegetarian food to support all religious pooja services pertaining to the temple and weddings.

  • Provision of special food preparation to commemorate Hindu deities with a symbolic enactment of marriage of particular manifestations of God and Goddesses are celebrated (Thirukkalyanam), birth of deity (Krishnajanmashtami) or Vaikasi Visagam, Thai Poosam) of Lord Murugan and all other auspicious days throughout the year.

  • The postholder will play an important role in the preparation of prasadham and vegetarian food for the devotees of the temple. Additionally, the postholder should be skilled at making Indian sweets and savouries for auspicious occasions and events.

  • Adherence to food preparation and health and safety guidelines.

  • Should be responsible for ensuring the cleanliness of the kitchen area and where appropriate help with the purchase and stock control of all grocery items and vegetables are available to facilitate  food preparation at all times.


Other Requirements

  • Experience in food preparation in a large temple - especially catering for large events within and outside the temple.

  • Candidates should affirm their faith as a Hindu as the job role involves assisting in worshipping and performing Poojas for the Hindu Gods and conform to sattvic cooking principles as the preparation of the food in a traditional way and offering to the deities and devotees. Candidates should be willing to accept both Saiva and Vaishnava faith of Hinduism as the Temple is having both deities.

  • At least three years’ training and experience in a similar role.

  • Applicant must be Tamil speaking.

  • All applicants are required to provide relevant documentation which demonstrates their eligibility to work in UK and in the catering field.

  • Must have good communication skills and should demonstrate the ability of having good interpersonal skills to work with all priests, devotees, temple staff and Board of Trustees.

  • Carry out such other reasonable duties as may be requested from time to time by President, Secretary and/or other board of Trustees.

How to Apply:

Please apply by sending a CV via email or written application to:

The President & Secretary
London Sri Murugan Temple, 78 Church Road, Manor Park, London E12 6AF


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