Our Priests

All the priests at Sri Ganesha Temple are very well experienced in performing all Archanas, Poojas, Homas, Alankaras, Abhishekams,  Kumbhabhishekams, Brahmotsavams, and Weddings. They all speak  Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Kannada and English. Their commitment to the  authentic religious practices and the Hindu tradition of worship has  earned them the respect, admiration, and the devotion of the Hindu  community in Nashville and around.

PriestGurukkal01Sri Koteshwaran K. Gurukkal hails from a family with rich heritage  of highly venerated priests. Born in 1960 at Ettukudi in Thanjvur District, Tamil Nadu, he spent his early days at school for his secular education. Then he studied at the Saiva Agama School at Thirupugalur and was awarded the “Saivagama Bhushanam” certificate. Also awarded “Saivagama Vidwan” , “Poorva Bhagam and Uttara Bhagam” certificates by the Thirumala Thirupathi Devasthanam (TTD). From 1980-1986, he worked as a priest at Sri Subramanya Swamy Devalayam in Skandagiri in Secunderabad,  Andra Pradesh. Priest Gurukkal joined Sri Ganesha Temple in 1988. In 1993, he got married Indrani. He has two children Skanda Janani and Mayur Karthik.

Priest KalyanSri Veldurthy Kalyankumar also joined our temple in May 2010. He is from Andhra Pradesh state in India. He is a certified Shaivagama  from Government of Andhra Pradesh. He had his education in Yajur Vedam at Sri Shringeri Shankara Mutt, Bangalore and Smartha Prayogam at Sri Bharthi Veda Smartha Patashala, Hyderabad. He has experience in working as archaka at a temple in Bangalore and performed many religious ceremonies. He speaks Telugu, Kannada, Tamil, Hindi and English.

 

Sri TarakabrPriest Brahmaahma Sarma Gudipati (Brahma) joined our temple in 2013. He is from Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. He is a qualified priest  specialized in Krishna Yajur Veda Kramantha and Smartha Agama. He had his Prathamadeeksha education from Rashtriya Sanskrit  Samsthan (Deemed University) Delhi in 2005 and the Saahitya and  Nyaaya (Tarka) Shaastra education from Srimajjagadguru  Shankaracharya Samskritha Pathashala, Dharwad. He got his Gold  Medal on Sahitya and Nyaaya Shastra from Dharwad in 2007. He has  experience in working as a priest and performed many religious ceremonies. He got his Sahitya certification from the Government of Karnataka. Prior to coming to Nashville, he was a priest in Dharwad  temple in Karnataka. He speaks Telugu, Kannada, Tamil, Hindi, English and Sanskrit.

Priest Narayan Bhat

Sri Narayana Bhat joined our temple in 2014. He is from Bangalore, Karnataka. He is a qualified priest specialized in Krishna Yajur Veda Kramantha. He had his education in Sri Shankaracharya Mahasamasthana, Dakshinamnaya Sri Sharadha Peetha, Bangalore (1997 – 2004) and Shiva Agama pravara education from Government Maharaja’s Sanskrit College, Mysore. He has experience in working as a priest and performed many religious ceremonies. He speaks Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Hindi and English.  He is married to Tejaswini Hegde and has a daughter Varuni.

 

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