Acharya Surendra Bhardwaj (Shastriji) joined the Temple at the end of May 2002. He came to us from New Delhi. His family (wife Navodita, son Mayank, and daughter Ritam) joined him in late 2002 and early 2003. He was born in 1960. His academic qualifications include the Vidyadhikari degree (1983) from Gurukul Kangari University, Hardwar; the Uttarmadhyama degree (1986) from Vedamau Vaidic Vidyapeeth, Badayu; and the Shastri degree (1989) from Sampoornanand Sanskrit University, Varanasi. During 1996 and 1997, he had his Karmakand training (for performing rituals) in Delhi at Ramayan Vidyapeeth and Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth. Prior to joining our Temple, he was a teacher of Sanskrit at International Public School in Delhi and the President of Sanskrit Sewa Sansthan in that city. He is fluent in Hindi, Sanskrit, Punjabi, Haryanavi, and Rajasthani, and also speaks English.
Srihari Kadambi (Panditji) joined the Temple in October 2012. He had earned a Master’s Degree in Vedic studies from Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam, India. He is gifted with excellent communicative skills in English and multiple Indian languages. He can speak fluently in Hindi, Telugu, Sanskrit, Tamil and Kannada and can understand Malayalam. He has extensive knowledge about Hindu scriptures (vedas) and is familiar with all the Hindu and temple rituals. He had worked at Tirupathi (Balaji) temple for 10 years. He was the Chief priest at SriVaradarajaSwamy temple in Tirupathi. He has teaching experience in Sanskrit and Vedas. He has a good knowledge of Karnatic music and plays Bamboo Flute.
Both priests are available for private pujas at devotees homes or places of business. To schedule services both in and outside the temple, please call them either at the temple (phone number 517-339-6337) or at their homes. For Shastriji: home phone number is 517-575-0888, cell number is 517-944-2100, and e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. For Panditji: home phone number is 517-515-7752, cell number is 858-220-1281 and e-mail is email@example.com. Another way to schedule their services is to contact the Temple’s Religious Events committee chairperson, Meena Sharma, by e-mailing to firstname.lastname@example.org.