|Besides, there is a
class of special Bhaktas called Kewaliyas, celibates
who have forsaken the world in early life and residing in a Satra devote themselves to rigorous discipline, religious
life and practices. The Satradhikar runs the entire
administration. In some Satras, he is designated as
Mahanta or Gosain, and he is a lifelong celibate.
some Satras, however, the Satradhikar are allowed to lead a household life. It
should be noted that the Satra-institutions gave rise
to a new priest class appointed from the Sudra having position of spiritual power and
social importance equal to Brahmans. Along with it, the Satras introduced the system of worship of saints and the
veneration of relics, particularly padd-silas, the footmarks.