Priest Services

 

The Temple has seven Priests to perform important poojas for your auspicious events.

To schedule a pooja, please email balaji_atyam@hotmail.com or call/text (512) 297-3746. Our Priests will establish a good “muhurtha” (auspicious time) for your event.

To view a list of services performed by our priests – Click Here: Pooja_Services-1-26-2016

Pandit Phanikanth Sharma Yanamandra

Pandit Phanikanth Sharma

Pandit Phanikanth is one of the new priests joined Sri Venkateswara Temple of Austin in June 2014 for Kumbhabhishekam. Panditji is a Rigveda Ghanapati, the highest order of Vedic learning one can master. He started his formal Rigveda education with Sri Samanchi Rajeswara Sastri and Sri Virupaksham Shyavashwa Maharshi, and completed Ghanantam with Ratnakara Salakshana Ghanapati. Phanikantji has taken Sri Vidya Upasana from Vishnubhatla Lakshmi Nrusimha Ghanapati, and is a Sri Vidya, Mahavidya Pratyangira, and Chandi Upasaka. Panditji is an expert in performing various karma vidhis including Panchadasa karmas, Pratishtanas, Maha Rudram, Ati Rudram, Shata Chandi, Sowra Yagam, Veda Parayana, and Chaturveda Havans. In particular, he has a vast experience and expertise in Sundarakanda Parayana, Bhagavadgita Parayana, Rigveda Parayana, Chandi Parayana and Havans. Phanikantji speaks Telugu, Tamil, Sanskrit, Hindi, and English.  Contact number is (512) 982-8936.

Pandit Badrinath Bhattar
Badri

Pandit Badrinath Bhattar

Pandit Badrinath comes from Bangalore, Karnataka, where he received Pancharatra Agama training from his father and Guru Pancharatra Agama Praveena Seshadri Bhattar.  Badrinathji’s expertise is in the Smartha tradition, and has over 10 years experience in performing all Pujas and Havans.  Pandit Badri served at Sri Omkara Maha Ganapati Temple, Temple, TX for about two years before he joined with Baba Temple in 2010.  Prior to his coming to the US, Badrinathji served many years at Anjaneya Swamy and Sri Venkateswara Temples in Bangalore, India.  Panditji speaks Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, and English.  Contact number is (512) 850-0477.

Pandit Raghunath Bhattar

Pandit Raghunath Bhattar

Pandit Raghunath Bhattar
Panditji comes from Bangalore, Karnataka, where he received Pancharatra Agama training under his grand father Pandit S.R. Rangaswamy Bhattar, Agama Pandit S.R. Sheshadri Bhattar, and Pandit S.R. Vasudeva Bhattar.  Raghunathji has over 20 years of experience in performing all Pujas and Havans.  Pandit Raghunathji has been with Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple since its inception.  Before coming to Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, Raghunathji served five years in Sri Meenakshi Temple at Houston, TX, two years at Omkara Maha Ganapati Temple at Temple, TX, and many other temples in New Orleans, Los Angeles, and Houston.  He is also a hereditary priest at Sri Prasanna Venkataramana Swami Temple and Sri Veeranjaneya Swami Temple in Bangalore, India.  Raghunathji speaks Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, and English.

Pandit Srikanth Sharma Kakara
SRIKANTH KAKARA-1

Pandit Srikanth Kakara

Srikanthji is a Sama Veda Pandit, and is one of the seven Samaveda Ranaayaniya Tamraparni Ganam experts in India. Panditji is one of the new priests joined Sri Venkateswara Temple of Austin in June 2014. He got his Veda education under the noble guidance of Sri Samavedula Ramagopala Sastri. Panditji has also Masters Degree in Sanskrit. Panditji is an expert in performing various karma vidhis including Panchadasa karmas, Pratishtanas, Maha Rudram, Ati Rudram, Sowra Yagam, Veda Parayana, and Chaturveda Havans. He has lot of experience in Sundarakanda Parayana, Bhagavadgita Parayana, Samaveda Parayana, Chandi Parayana and Havans. Srikanthji speaks Telugu, Sanskrit, Hindi, and English.  Contact number is (512) 982-8943.

Pandit Raja Shekar Malladi

Pandi Rajashekar Malladi

Pandit Rajashekar Malladi

The Temple welcomes Raja Shekar Sharma Malladi, a new priest at the Temple in June 2015.  He trained in Smartam at Vijayawada, Andra Pradesh, India.  He is an expert in all the Vedic pujas, homas, abhishekams, etc.

Raja Shekar is best known for his warm personality, and his commanding voice when he chants.  To schedule a puja with him, you may call him at (512) 775-4420, or e-mail him at vedivedas@gmail.com.

 

Pandit Srinathacharyulu Parasharam

Srinathacharyulu Parasharam

Srinathacharyulu Parasharam

Sriman Srinathacharyulu Parasharam Garu comes from a very traditional Sri Vaishnava family from Warangal. He attained the highest degree as Salakshna Ganapati in Shukla Yajurshakha from a Veda pathshala run by Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji’s organizations in India.  Srinathacharyulu was fully trained and has been performing homas, vaidika kratus, paraayanaas and pujas for various occasions.   He has performed Brahmotsavaas, Pratisthas, and Samprokshnaas at several temples in India.  He is also qualified in Astrology and helps in setting Shubha Muhurats for various occasions.  He speaks Telugu, Hindi, Tamil, and Sanskrit fluently. Contact number is (646)464-1168

 

 

 

Jagdish Kumar Kalluri
Jagdish Kumar Kalluri

Jagdish Kumar Kalluri

Jagdish Kumar Kalluri previously served at Sree Ganga Parvathi Sametha in Vijayawada as well as working with Samavedula Chandra Sekhara Sharma. Jagdish receivedVaidika Smartha Agama exam certification in Hyderabad from Dharmika Bhawanam. Jagdish Kalluri has completed 10 million kumkum archanas to the Goddess Durga also known as Kanakdurgamma koti kumkuma Archana at the Sree Durga Malleswara Swamy Varla Temple over the course of one year in Indrakeeladri Vijayawada. Contact number is (512)216-8565