The spread of education and the remarkable advance in science and technology have together brought about a spirit of questioning the old dogmas about religious beliefs. Many of the customary beliefs appear insipid, and many of the rituals are either circum-vented by short-cuts or dropped altogether. This has brought about a decline of the religious profession. However, even now, a good number of people are drawn to the profession. The 1951 Census enumerates 940 persons engaged in the profession, while the Census of 1961 gives the number at 1,120, of whom 707 are non-ordained and 165 are females.