Ramaswamy Bhattar Ji, Teja Vedantham Ji, Prasanth Janda Ji, Keerthivasan Srinivasan Ji, Badrinath Sapkota Ji
Bhattar ji comes from a long lineage of accomplished priests and is a seventh generation priest from the village of Sugganahalli in Karnataka State of India. He is a graduate from Mysore Maharaja Sanskrit College, Mysor. He is also a recipient of the Pancharathraagama Praveena in 1983. Sri Bhattarji has more than forty years of diverse experience working as a priest at many popular Hindu Temples in the USA and in India.
For twenty six(26) years he worked in several popular temple like Sri Lakshminarasimha swamy temple in Sugganahalli, Lord Prasanna Venkateswara Temple in Bangalore, Sri Lakshmi Venkateswara Teple in Koramangala, and Nimishamba temple in Bangalore, Karnataka.
Since 1998, he had worked at Hindu Temples in Kentucky, Florida, Ohio and Alabama in USA. He has joined HTCI in November 2013.
Bhattar ji is an expert in shodasha karmas, all types of pujas and samskaras , Homas, Abhishekams, Utsavams. He is an expert and a degree holder in Pancharathraagama Padmasamhita (one of the 108 samhitas associated with temple pujas). The rendition and pure diction of various slokas, vedic chants along with the detail in the ritual assert his knowledge of Sanskrit and command over the ritual procedures.
Fluent in: Sanskrit, English, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu and Hindi
Comfortable in: Gujarati
Badrinath ji hails from a family of revered priests from Kathmandu, Nepal. He is the third generation priest in his family.
Badrinath ji received his MA (Acharya in Hindu Philosophy) degree from the famed Banaras Hindu University, India.
He is well versed in the Ashtadasa Puranas and also possesses competent awareness of all the four Vedas.
Badrinath ji joined HTCI in 2013 after being a priest of 28 years at the Kurma Narayan Temple, Ayodhya for 10 years, Radhakrishna Temple at Brindavan for 3 years and Sri Venkateswara Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Badrinath ji is an expert in all shodasha samskaras, Abhishekams, Pujas, Homams as well as Kumbhabhishekam. He is an acclaimed expert in the chanting of all sthothras, suktams and in giving discourses on Puranas, Bhagavatham, Mahabharat and Ramayana. He is fluent in Hindi, English, Sanskrit, and Nepali
Fluent in: Sanskrit, English, Hindi and Nepali
Comfortable in: Gujarati
Keerthivasan Srinivasan Ghanapati
Keerthi ji was initiated into Vedic studies (Krishna Yejur Vedam) at the Deekshitar Gurukulam Vruddasram Trust under Senkalipuram Brahmasri Sridhara Deekshitar, Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu, India. He learned Ghana patam at Delhi Brahmasri Eshwara Ghanapatigal. He continued his studies in Veda and Prayoga Shastra at Sri Bharati Theertha Prayoga Paatashala in Salem under the tutelage of Brahmasri Venkataraju Sastrigal.
He worked as a priest for four years at the Raja Rajeswari and 1008 Siva Linga temple in Vinayaka Missions Salem, and then at the Shiva temple in Rajasthan and the Om Shakthi temple in Bengaluru. He served as a priest at the Parasakthi Temple in Michigan from 2011 - 2015.
He is familiar with all Shodasha Karmas like Wedding, Upanayanam, Namakaranam and all forms of Pranaprathishta (Kumbabhishekam), Archana, Abhishekam and Sathyanarayana pooja.
He is also familiar with all kind of Homams (like Chandi Homam, DurgaLakshmi Homam, Saraswathi Homam, Dhanwantari Homam, Sudarshana homam, Navagraha Shanthi and all kind of Astrology dosha prayachitha homams)
Fluent in: Tamil, Telugu, Hindi & English Comfortable in: Kannada & Malayalam
Prasanth Sarma ji is originally from Adilabad District of Telangana State. Till he flew to Indianapolis to join our temple, he was employed at a Private Community Temple in Hyderabad, India. Before that he was serving in other temples in Nizamabad and Basar in TS.
Fluent in: Sanskrit, Telugu, Hindi & English
Comfortable in: Tamil
Teja Vedantham (Kramapathi)
Teja Vedantham (Kramapathi) Ji was initiated into Vedic studies, Hindu Religious Worship Ritual Smartha and Krishna Yajurvedam under the guidance of Shri Hari Veera Bhadra Ghanapati.
Teja Ji completed Krishna Yajur Veda at Avadhoota Datta Peetham, Mysore, India (2002 to 2008).
Teja ji worked as a priest in Sri SaiBaba Temple of Greater Cincinnati from 2009 - 2015 and then at Tri City Hindu Temple, Saginaw, MI from 2015 - 2018.
He has also performed pujas, Kumbabishekam and Maharudras in several cities.
Teja ji is familiar with all Panchadasa Karmas like Wedding, Upanayanam, Namakaranam and all forms of Pranaprathishta (Kumbabhishekam), Archana, Abhishekam and Sathyanarayana pooja.
He is also familiar with all kind of Homams (like Chandi Homam, DurgaLakshmi Homam, Saraswathi Homam, Dhanwantari Homam, Sudarshana homam, Navagraha Shanthi).
Fluent in: Sanskrit, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi & English
Comfortable in: Tamil