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. H has 40 years of experience.
He worked in several popular temples across India. 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
Surya Vamsi Vadrevu
Sri Surya Sundara Vamsi Vadrevu Ji completed 8 years of Krishna Yajurveda Smartham (Panchadasakarmantam) in a span of 4 years at Ganganapalli Veda Patasala (2007 - 2011). He also studied Yajurveda Smartham (Panchadasakarmantam) from Sri Gayathri Paurohitya Samakhya. He is certified in Surya Namaskara from Srikakulam in 2013.
Fluent in: Sanskrit, Telugu & English
Comfortable in: Tamil
Shri Kamlesh Tiwari ji hails from a family of priests from Varanasi. He is married and his wife and kids are in New Delhi.
Tiwari JI completed PAurohitya-Pathyakarma from Bhartiya Vidya Bavan, Delhi Kendra. He has also visited all twelve Jyotirligams and has performed various Pujan there.
Tiwariji performs all kinds of pujas with RgVeda (Shakal Shakha - Swasti Vachan, Shre Ganesh Mantra, Shri Suktam, Lakshmi Suktam, Vishnu Suktam) and Shukla Yajurveda (Madhyan dinya Shakha - Swasti Vachan, Rudrashtadhyai, Karm kand Pujan.
He has performed many pujas, Anushthans,Yagna, Havans (like Chandi Homam, DurgaLakshmi Homam, Saraswathi Homam, Dhanwantari Homam, Sudarshana homam, Navagraha Shanthi), Abhishekam, Katha, Muri-Sthapana, Pran-Pratishtha, 16 Samskaras and all the Pujas of Vaishnavagam and Shivagam.
He also enjoys singing bhajans, kirtans as well as parayanam of Tulasi Ramayanam and Bhagwatam.
Fluent in: Awadhi, Bengali, Bhojpuri, Bundeli, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Odia, Pahari, Punjabi and Sanskrit.
Sri Baskaran Sundaram Gurukkal completed 8 years of Sivagamam & Krishna Yajurvedam at Agama Veda Pathasala. He also attended Karaikkal Srikanta Shivacharya Veda Shivagama Pathashala for 3 Years and Sivasakthi Vedha Sivagama Vidyalayam for 5 Years.
Fluent in: Sanskrit, Tamil & English
Comfortable in: Hindi, Telugu
Sri Prashanth Kumar Janda Ji comes from a Purohit's family from Telangana/Andhra pradesh India. He completed his Krishna Yajurveda smartha course from Veda Patasala - Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam. He has extensive experience of around 18 years in Paurohitya, Prashanth is very well versed with all rituals of Devata Aradhana.
Sri Hethirajan Chakrapani Vani Ji completed 8 years of Krishna Yajurveda Mulantham at Sri Parashara Gurukulam. He also studied Sri Pancharatra Agama in Rajagopalaswamy Temple.