Our Priests







Ramaswamy Bhattar

502-299-9523

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


Surya Sundara Vamsi Vadrevu

971-329-5539

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.


He worked as a priest in Sri Shiridi Sai Seva Samaj from 2014 - 2019, in Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, Pittsburgh temple from 2019 - 2021 and as a priest at Jaya Hanuman Temple, Seattle from 2021. He has also performed pujas, Kumbabishekam and Maharudras in several cities.


He 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 & English

Comfortable in: Tamil

Kamlesh Tiwari


463-256-6083

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.

Baskaran Sundaram Gurukkal

317-749-6077

Sri Baskaran Sundaram Gurukkal completed 8 years of Krishna Yajurveda Smartham at Agama Veda Patasala. He also attended Karikal Srikanta Shivacharya Veda Shivagama Pathashala for 3 Years and Sivasakthi Vedha Sivagama Vidyalayam for 5 Years.


He worked as a priest for six years at the Arulmigu Subramaniya Swamy Temple, Thiruttani, Tamilnadu.


He is familiar with all Karmas like Wedding, Upanayanam, Namakarana and all forms of Prana Pratishta (Kumbabhishekam), Saivaga Puja, Archana, Abhishekam and Sathyanarayana pooja.

He is also familiar with all kind of Homams (like Sahasra Chandi Homam, Durga Lakshmi Homam, Saraswathi Homam, Dhanwantari Homam, Sudarshana homam, Navagraha Shanti and all kind of Astrology dosha prayachitham homams)


Fluent in: Sanskrit, Tamil & English

Comfortable in: Hindi, Telugu