Course Units

Core Units

Temple Worship

Temple Worship

This unit aims to give devotees an introduction to the knowledge, skills and values of deity worship that will help them to understand and appreciate it as an integral part of the philosophy and practices of devotional service, and to assist them in carrying out the basic items of daily temple worship.
(35 Classes) 10 credit points

Brahminical Culture & Ethics

In this unit devotees will develop values and knowledge required to lead / guide a spiritual society. Devotees will learn the role of a brāhmaṇa in giving guidance and direction to various social and managerial structures according guru, sādhu and śāstra. This will include elementary teacher training and giving śāstra class.
(40 classes) 10 credit points



This unit will provide an introduction to the basic principles of cooking, where students will gain a wealth of culinary traditions, including cooking theory, kitchen technique, ingredient handling and entail the necessary values when cooking for Krsna. As an added feature students are given opportunities to learn from some of the prominent cooks in Mayapur enabling them to plan a balanced menu in accordance with traditional Vaisnava practices and cook Raja Bhoga.
(11 days) 4 credit points



Devotees will learn how to dress deities. Skills included will be color matching, how to select appropriate jewelry, wrap a turban, hang cloth and garlands etc.
(25 classes) 4 credit points



This unit will involve students being placed in appropriate temple settings and functioning in a professional manner for approximately a two week period. This will be done under the tutorage of experts in specific fields. Students will be assessed by keeping a professional journal and the observation records of the tutor. Successful completion of the any of the core courses is a prerequisite for involvement with the respective practicum work.
(2 weeks) 10 credit points


Devotees will be able to chant all the mantras associated with the daily worship from memory.

Students who are not taking the full Diploma Course, but are taking Temple Worship are also required to attend during the duration of the Temple Worship unit.
(Duration of Diploma) 4 credit points for complete unit







In the men’s unit, students will learn about the theory and history of major saṁskāras in our tradition, how to perform an initiation yajña, and based on that, how to practically perform major saṁskāras, including basic mantra recitation. The women’s unit will also provide an introduction to and appreciation of the exalted position of Vedic samskaras in Gaudiya Vaisnava society. Students will also learn to plan and execute the dasa-vidha-samskaras in accordance with traditional Vaisnava practices
(22 classes) 4 credit points



Students will learn the function, meaning, and elements involved for planning and performing various Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava festivals, including learning about and performing maha-abhiseka.
(12 classes) 4 credit points


Tulasī Care & Worship

Devotees will learn to appreciate the identity of Tulasī and will also develop knowledge and skills for caring for, and worshiping Tulasī.
(12 classes) 2 credit points



Many temples have difficulty to get the suitable dress for their Deities. In this unit, the students will learn variation of the design, colors, materials, the technique of embroidery with pearl, silk thread, beads, etc.  At the end of the unit they will be able to draw their own design for the Deity with unique concept.
(34 classes) 4 credit points

flower arranging

Flower Arranging

Devotees will learn how to make attractive garlands and flower arrangements for placement on the altar.
(6 classes)



A short course dealing with the basics of astrology. Students will learn about selecting auspicious times used in saṁskāras and other Vaiṣṇava activities, naming of children, Vaiṣṇava calendar, zodiac and much more.
(4 classes)


For students to graduate from Mayapur Academy with a Diploma in Arcana, they must successfully attain 52 credits points obtained by passes in the following units of work:

  • Core units (32 credit points)
  • Elective subjects (10 credit points)
  • Practicum (10 credit points)