About

General Information

The Sri Siva Vishnu Temple, located in Lanham, Maryland is about 12 miles from Washington D.C. What started off as a very small idea, in the living rooms of a few devotees in the late seventies, has now blossomed into being one of the largest temples in the western hemisphere. The actual temple construction began in 1988 and has incorporated the Mayan, Pallava, Vijayanagara, Kerala and the South Canara styles of temple architecture.

The Temple houses several Sannidhis with several deities which were consecrated between the years of 1990 and 2002. The last deity consecrated was in 2002, and they were all re-consecrated during the Jeernodharana Kumbhabhishekam in 2003.
Temple Hours (The Temple is open on all Important Holidays)

DaysTimings
Weekdays
9 am – 1 pm
5 pm – 9 pm
Weekends/Holidays9 am – 9 pm

Weekly Puja Schedule

PujaTimings
Temple Opening & Suprabhaatam9 am Mon-Fri
Evening Arathi 6.30 pm Daily
Abhishekam9.30 am Daily
 
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    1980

    The seed for the idea that a Hindu temple should be built in the nation’s capital was planted in 1976 among a few friends. By 1980, that idea had been nurtured and shared with others, and the Sri Siva Vishnu Temple Trust was formed. Its goals seemed fitting for immigrants thousands of miles from their ancestral home: to unite Hindus in America, individuals diverse in their customs but unified in their devotion and values, and to offer a place where Hindu culture could thrive among immigrants, their children and their children’s children.

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    1984

    In 1984, the SSVT Trust acquired a plot of land with a small house in suburban Washington. This house was the Balalaya, where the shrines were initially installed. As more people began to share in the vision for a grand temple of traditional architecture and sculpture, plans were drawn up, with the blessings of the Shankaracharyas, under the direction of eminent temple architect Dr. Ganapati Sthapati.

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    1990

    1400 people witnessed in 1990 the consecration and installation of the first shrines in the temple building we see today.

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    1991

    In 1991, the Temple held its first Kumbabhishekam, as shrines for several deities were built and consecrated. Over the years, SSVT adapted to the growing needs of the congregation, acquiring more land and adding shrines for Venkateshwara and Ayyappa.

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    2002

    In 2002 the Mahakumbabiskem ushered in the majestic Rajagopuram and the spacious Vasantha Mandapam. In July 2003, the new gopurams for Venkateswara and Ayyappa were completed. In addition, the temple has a auditorium for concerts, dance performances and other special events, a large dining hall to meet the devotees needs and 2 homakundams, a large one for Temple Homams and a smaller one for personal Homams. Both the auditorium and the dining hall can be rented out for weddings and other personal functions.

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    At Present

    Today, the Temple is the enterprise of dedicated volunteers, administrative staff and eight priests, and the symbol of a community’s joint aspirations and efforts.

Vision

Sri Siva Vishnu Temple began with the concept of bringing Hindus together, but increasingly it has become a place that brings together Hindu customs and heritage with American values of community and volunteerism. In a new millennium, it will be a symbol of the Hindu community in America.

SSVT’s commitment to this future is already in evidence. In 1997, it launched the Children’s Fund in an effort to develop youth and education programs and meet the needs of a fast-growing Hindu population in Washington. In 1998, SSVT is developing a new initiative on community service and volunteerism, focusing on Hindu families as well as the broader community.

As the Hindu community has grown, its needs have diversified, and increasingly, more families need help in dealing with illness, coping with grief, mentoring young people and assisting seniors. SSVT will draw on its greatest resource — its volunteers — to tackle some of these new problems. In a new project with other like-minded groups, SSVT volunteers in Mitra Mandala, or Circle of Friends, will provide a compassionate ear to those in need and assist them in obtaining relief from service organizations in the area.

SSVT will undertake service projects beyond the Hindu community, offering help through local charities such as soup kitchens and shelters. Youth will play an important role in this effort to fully embrace the needs of the Hindu community and its role in the community at large: Just as SSVT began in 1976 in the minds of a few recent immigrants from India, its future lies in the hands of younger generation and its vision for a Hindu community in America.

Bylaws of the Sri Siva Vishnu Temple

Whereas the Sri Siva Vishnu Temple Trust (Religious Trust) has been created under the Deed of Trust dated January 31, 1980, in the State of Maryland, and the Trustees have been vested with the powers under the common law and statutory and other powers granted under the Declaration of Trust to administer the properties of the Trust, and

Whereas the Sri Siva Vishnu Temple Trust has been recognized as a tax-exempt religious Trust by the Internal Revenue Service under the ID #52-1179969 dated June 06- 1980.

Consistent with their vested responsibilities, the Board of Trustees has unanimously adopted these bylaws to promote the objectives of the Trust and maintain the operations of the Sri Siva Vishnu Temple (SSVT) in the service of the Hindu congregation.

1. The Congregation:

All followers of the Hindu faith and worshippers who subscribe to the objectives of the Temple embodied in the Deed of Trust and accept the obligations of the Deed of Trust constitute the congregation of the Temple.

2. The Governance Structure:

The SSVT governance structure will consist of:

(a) a General Council (GC);
(b) 3 Governance Board (GB); and
(c) a Board of Trustees ( BOT).

The membership, roles, and responsibilities of these three bodies are further described in the sections that follow and the SSVT Deed of Trust, Bylaws, and any amendments thereto.

3. General Council (GC)

[A] Membership

1) All current trustees of the BOT and Trustees Emeriti (TE) will serve as members of the GC. 

2) Upon invitation by the Chairperson of the BOT, the following persons also may serve as members of the GC:

  • a) Donors who have contributed in excess of the minimum threshold fixed by the BOT for SSVT designated donor recognition programs. The BOT will set the minimum threshold upon introduction of any new Donor Recognition Program.
    New donors of the SSVT designated donor recognition programs will become eligible two years after the designated  programs are closed. At present, donors who have contributed at least $10,000 for two completed SSVT donor recognition programs (known as Founder Donor Recognition Program and Rajagopuram Donor Recognition Program) as well as the SSVT Capital Fund Donation program which will end on December 31, 2011 qualify for GC membership.
  • b) Legators are persons who have contributed at least $50,000 to SSVT. Endowment over any rolling 5 year period and will also qualify for GC membership.
  • c) Past coordinators of the devotee committees that are represented on the Operations Committee. 

3) An invitation to become a 60 member will be sent by the Chairperson of BOT to those who reside in the Greater Washington-Baltimore area and a timely acceptance of this invitation is necessary before being inducted into the GC. Periodic reaffirmation of membership will be sought based on active participation in GC matters. The BOT Secretary will maintain a full list of 60 members and the list will be displayed on the SSVT website. New GC members will be inducted annually to coincide with the induction of new BOT Trustees in January.

[B] Functions

1) GC will provide guidance and direction to Governance Board and BOT on matters relating to strategic direction, governan Be, and accountability. GC will also provide “advice and consent” to the BOT for:

  • (a) any proposed changes to the By Laws or Declaration of Trust, including amended By Laws and amended Declaration of Trust;
  • (b) for any proposed borrowing by SSVT in excess of certain limits set in Article 12 (Hand use of funds from SSVT Endowment as described in Article 12(2);
  • (c) or for issues that may arise during implementation of the Procedures Manual that governs the interactions between the GB and BOT.

2) GC will be vested with the powers to remove any member of the General Council, Governance Board, and/or BOT (including an Officer of the Trust), as deemed necessary for acts or omissions to act which in the opinion ofther General Council are prejudicial to the interests of SSVT Trust. Only TE members of GC will determine disciplinary matters and vote on the removal of any member of the 60, GB, and/or BOT (including an Officer ofthe Trust}. A removal of any member of the GC, GB, andlor BOT (including an Officer ofthe Trust) must be based upon an affirmative vote of 75% of the TE members of the GC casting secret ballots at a meeting that has a quorum requirement of 50% of the TE members of the GC. While the GB‘ may authorize voting by proxy on a case basis, proxies shall not be permitted regarding disciplinary actions. A person directly affected by a disciplinary action may not vote on such action. A removed person may not serve on the GC, GB or the BOT.

3) GC (excluding the BOT members) will appoint the four TE members of the Governance Board using a nomination process that includes identification of one or more slates of candidates, and an election process as described below. One of the four TE members will be selected by the GB as President of GB, who will also serve as President of GC.

4) The GB will nominate two TE members of GC as a nominating committee that will propose a slate to fill vacancies on the GB. After the announcement of the slate, any other GC member with the support of a seconder, can propose a different slate within 1 week of the scheduled balloting. Nominations from the floor are not allowed for this ballot in which only the GC members who are not currently on the BOT may participate, with a quorum requirement of 25% of the TE members of the 60 present either in person or by proxy as may be permitted by GB as provided in Article 3.(B).(2)2. The GB vacancies will be filled by the slate garnering the most votes cast by secret ballot.

[C] Meetings

1) The GC will have a mandatory meeting annually to receive a report from BOT on the results of the fiscal year just concluded and to discuss matters relating to the Trust’s operations. In addition to 60 members, an open invitation to attend this Annual meeting as observers will be issued in the SSVT Newsletter to all volunteers of the Temple.

2) The GC may be convened any other time at the request of either one third of the members of the BOT, or by a minimum of three members of the Governance Board, or by 10% of the members of GC to discuss specific items of strategic importance. A meeting so convened will also announce whether proxy voting will be permitted.

3) The GC shall be chaired by the President of the GB representing all stakeholders of SSVT.

4. Governance Board

[A]Membership

1) The Governance Board (GB) will consist of four TE, current Chairperson of the BOT, and two members appointed by the BOT for a one-year term. GB will be chaired by the President who is selected or elected as prescribed under the appropriate procedures.

Management

Details of each committee/task force is given below:

Governance Board (GB)

  • Sri. Prem Chandar – President
  • Smt. Surya Reddy
  • Sri. Harihar Singh
  • Sri. Umesh Umashankar
  • Smt. Uma Potarazu (BOT Rep)
  • Sri. C.K.Dhananjayan (BOT Rep)
  • Sri. Ramachar Mukunda (BOT Rep)

Board of Trustees (BOT)
Coordinator: Chairman of the Board of Trustees – Smt. Uma Potarazu

The The Executive Committee (EC) of BOT consists of: 

  • Chairman – Smt. Uma Potarazu
  • Vice Chairperson Operations – Sri. Prabhakar Thyagarajan
  • Vice Chairperson Policy – Smt. Priya Ganesh
  • Treasurer – Sri. Krishna Bappanad
  • Secretary – Sri. Vasu Murthy

Trustees:

  • Sri. Ananth Badrinath
  • Sri. Angarai
  • Venkatasubramanian
  • Smt. Anu Iyer
  • Sri. Bangalore Shivacharan
  • Sri. C. K. Dhananjayan
  • Smt. Charu Narasimhan
  • Dr. Rajagopala Rao
  • Tripuraneni
  • Smt. Nithya Nagarajan
  • Sri. Ramachar Mukunda
  • Sri. Sreekumar Sreedharan
  • Smt. Vijaya Gollamudi
  • Smt. Vijaya Reddy

Governance Board Members (BOT Representatives):

  • Smt. Uma Potarazu
  • Sri. C.K.Dhananjayan
  • Sri. Ramachar Mukunda

Deputy Officers:

  • Vice Chair Operations – Smt. Anu Iyer
  • Vice Chair Policy – Smt.
  • Nithya Nagarajan
  • Assistant Treasurer – Sri. Sreekumar Sridharan
  • Alternate Secretary – Smt.Vijaya Gollamudi

Operations Committees Trustee Liaisons:

  • Religious: Smt. Charu Narasimhan
  • Cultural: Sri. Sreekumar Sreedharan
  • Food: Smt. Vijaya Reddy
  • Education: Smt. Vijaya Gollamudi
  • Public Relations: Sri. Angarai Venkat Subramanian
  • Maintenance: Sri. Ananth Badrinath
  • Publications: Sri. Danny Dhananjayan
  • Vasthram/Saree: Smt. Pria Ganesh

BOT Leads/Representatives: Key Task Forces by GC/GB/BOT:

  • External Public Relations officer: Smt. Pria Ganesh
  • Security Officer: Sri. Prabhakar Thyagarajan / Smt. Pria Ganesh
  • Policy and Procedure Manual: Smt. Nithya Nagarajan/ Sri. Ram Mukunda
  • Volunteer Initiation/Training: Smt. Uma Potarazu / Smt. Anu Iyer
  • Youth Involvement : Smt. Nithya Nagarajan
  • Master Plan: Sri. Danny Dhananjayan / Sri. M.G. Menon
  • Priest Term Review: Smt. Charu Narasimhan / Sri. Vasu Murthy
  • Review by laws: Dr. Rajagopal Rao Tripuraneni
  • SSVT Vidyaalaya: Danny Dhananjayan/Prabhakar
  • Devotee Satisfaction: Smt. Uma Potarazu
  • Legal Compliance: Smt. Nithya Nagarajan

BOT Leads: Annual Event Task Forces:

Annual Functions and Task force leaders:

  • Mini bazaar – Smt. Vijaya Reddy and Smt. Any Iyer
  • BYOG – Smt. Charu Narasimhan and Sri. Sreekumar Sreedharan
  • Ganesh Chaturthi – Sri. Vasu Murthy and Sri. Angarai Venkat Subramaniam
  • Diwali – Sri Bangalore Shivacharan, Smt. Priya Ganesh and Smt. Nithya Nagarajan
  • Annual Dinner – Sri Ananth Badarinath, Smt. Priya Ganesh and Sri. Krishna Bappanad
  • Service member recognition – Sri. Angarai Venkat Subramaniam, Sri. Ram Mukunda

SSVT Endowment – Investment Management Committee

Committee Chair: Sri. Shekar Narasimhan

SSVT Endowment is designed to complement the temple’s income by creating two Funds to secure the temple’s future and support the achievement of its mission. The Education & Culture Fund shall be managed so as to provide financial support for educational, cultural and other efforts consistent with SSVT’s mission to benefit its congregation and the broader Hindu community. The Financial Security and Stability Fund is to provide long-term financial security to the Temple. It shall be managed so as to provide financial support through its earnings for debt relief and for long capital needs of the Temple. The Committee, consisting of the Treasurer, four trustee-emeritus and two independent financial specialists, is a fiduciary committee, and is responsible for monitoring the investment management of the Endowment and ensuring adherence to the investment guidelines and asset allocation strategies approved by the Board of Trustees. The Investment Management Committee will employ one or more investment managers of varying styles and philosophies to attain the Fund’s objectives.

SSVT Endowment -Development Committee
Committee Chair: Sri. K. G. Venkatraman (Ramani), (301) 646-1232

Established to explore ways and means to market the endowment to the congregation and to work alongside the Investment Management Committee to provide seminars and educational opportunities for estate planning and planned giving.

BOT Committees

Finance Committee:
Coordinator: BOT Treasurer – Sri. Krishna Bappanad

Finance committee advises Board of Trustees on all financial matters: debt levels, budgeting, congregation loan rates, expense ratios and other management tools. Day-to-day operations are managed by the Accounting Team, which is overseen by the Treasurer.

Accounting Team: Sri Krishna Bappanad, Smt. Swathi Chandrasekharan
Tax Deductible donations: Smt. Usha Krishnamurthy
Debit-Order program management: including devotee communications

Operations Committee:
Coordinator: Vice Chairperson Operations: Sri. Prabhakar Thyagarajan

  • Coordinates the day-to-day operations of the temple including scheduling and devotee services.
  • Authorized to spend up to $2,500 within budget parameters for operational expenses.
  • The Operations Committee coordinates the work of all Devotee committees and Task Forces which are listed below

Cultural Committee:

BOT Liaison: Sri. Sreekumar Sreedharan, Coordinator: Smt. Raji Ramesh

  • Organizes and conducts dance, music, drama, and other cultural programs under Temple’s auspices.
  • Provides a venue for exhibiting the talents of young artistes in the region.
  • Assists in raising additional resources for sponsoring artistes from India.
  • Oversees the making and selling of audio tapes.

Education Committee:
BOT Liaison: Smt. Vijaya Gollamudi, Coordinator: Smt. Aparna Ramaswamy

Educate children of Hindu roots about their rich culture & religion
Increase the learning for parents and adults so that they can better teach their children and better represent the Hindu community in interfaith settings
Provide an opportunity for those from non-Indian background to learn about Hindu culture.

Engineering/Facilities Committee:
BOT Liaison/Coordinator – Sri. Ananth Badrinath

Provides technical advice on all matters relating to construction, installation, remodeling and maintenance of all temple buildings and grounds

Maintenance Committee (reconstituted):
BOT Liaison/Coordinator – Ramachar Mukunda

  • Keeps all temple-owned buildings and grounds in safe and working condition.
  • Hires and supervises contractors and other workers who perform maintenance functions and capital projects.

Fund Raising Committee (New):
BOT Liaison/Coordinator – Bangalore Shivacharan

Food Committee:
BOT Liaison: Smt. Vijaya Reddy, Coordinator: Smt. Bharathi Reddy

  • Provides refreshments during weekends, holidays and special puja days.
  • Assists in Temple’s annual bazaar and special fund raising events.

Public Relations Committee:
BOT Liaison: Sri. Angarai Venkat Subramanian, Coordinator: Smt. Uma Babu

  • Provides information on Temple services and programs to the congregation.
  • Recruits volunteers to assist in religious, administrative and other special programs.
  • Conducts ongoing and special fund raising activities.
  • Schedule Front Desk volunteers

Religious Committee:
BOT Liaison: Smt. Charu Narasimhan, Coordinator: Sri Srinivas Tirumalasetti

Plans and manages Temple’s religious programs.
Organizes relevant pujas for Hindu religious days and special occasions.
Selects priests specialized in different services to serve the needs of the congregation.
Ensures the cleaning of sarees and dhotis for idols
Maintains inventory of jewelry and other idols-related assets.

Youth & Community Service Committee (Aakaar):
Coordinator: Rugmini Gopal

  • Provides a venue to teach Hindu mythology and rituals to children and young adults.
  • Involves children and young adults in religious, cultural, and social programs of the Temple.
  • Creates opportunities for social services in the larger community.

Task Forces

Information Technology (IT) Taskforce
BOT Liaison: Sri. Ram Mukunda, – 

  • Develops and implements computer systems and networks to support and automate Temple operations. Implement IT processes in various functional areas, including the phone system and front desk operations, Point of Sale (POS) and payment system, security system, ssvt website, email services including flyers/newsletter/program announcements, employee management (scheduling, time cards, payroll, accounting), audio/video operation and maintenance, temple document archival, and social media.

Decorations Taskforce
Coordinator: Bharathi Reddy

  • Decorates Temple premises during special pujas and functions.
  • Assists with decorations when devotees rent the Temple auditorium for marriages and religious events.

Devotee Database Services Taskforce
Coordinator: Smt. Usha Krishnamurthy – 

  • Maintains current database of congregation members for mailing newsletters and other promotional materials.
  • Prepares congregation lists for fundraising and special events.
  • Maintains an account of donations and provides devotees with a report of their contributions for tax filing.

Flowers Taskforce
Coordinator: Mythili Ramesh 

  • Prepares garlands for all deities.
  • Estimates flower needs for special pujas.

Garden Taskforce
Coordinator: K.G. Venkatraman

  • Plants and maintains flowers in Temple premises
  • Supervises workers who take care of Temple grounds.

Insurance Taskforce
Coordinators: Sasi Menon, K.G. Venkatraman

  • Deal with all temple employee insurance benefits, including health, workmen’s compensation and other insurance, ensuring the best pricing, benefits and coverage for all
  • Deal with all temple building insurance matters and ensure that the temple’s assets are well protected

Hundi Collection Task Force
Coordinator: Geeta Mani – 

Collecting, recording and depositing of all temple funds on a routine basis.
Hundi Counting Team: Kusum Raghavan, Sundar Mahadevan, Suresh Narasimhan, Jay Sriram, Kannan Ramaswamy and Bhanu Krishnakumar are team leaders who lead a team of 5 to 6 volunteers.

Publications Task Force
BOT Liaison: Sri. Dhananjayan

Publishes Temple’s monthly newsletter.
Prepares souvenirs and other special publications.
Releases new or updated versions of religious texts for devotees.

Publicity Task Force
Coordinator:

Oversees telephone voice mail and messaging system
Coordinate the preparation and dissemination of publicity materials for the various committees.
Arranges for placement of ads, video clips, etc. for upcoming events in various publications and television stations.

Transportation Task Force
Coordinator:

Sri Angarai Venkat Subramanian

Coordinates and manages devotee transportation and parking during temple special events and weekends.
Please serve your Temple in the committees and task forces that you like.

You can contact the coordinator listed or you can call the Temple at (301) 552-3335 or by e-mail at ssvt@ssvt.org

Operations Manual

Operations Manual – July 2014

General Council Members

TEDonorCoordinatorTrusteeTE/Trustee
Ananth KrishnanAnanth RaoBharathi ReddyAnjana SriramC. K. Dhananjayan
B. K. RadhakrishnanAnanth RaoNancherlaBhavani SivaramakrishnanAnu IyerCharu Narasimhan
Banu Ramakrishnan Ashwin RamamuthyChitra RajaramBangalore Shivacharan RajagopalaRao Tripuraneni
Barthi SettyBavani RajagopalanGopal GopinathKrishna Bappanad
Bhaskar GantiCP SubramanianHanumanth VishnuvajjhalaNithya Nagarajan
Boggarm SettyDev GanesanJyotsna VenkatPrabhakar Thyagarajan
C. R. NathDhamu ThamodaranKannan SubramanianPria Ganesh
Chaitanya RaviG. KrishnanKrishnaswamyRam Mukunda
Chandra BappanadGita ManiMadhavanRamaswamy Chandramouli
ChandrasekaranGopal PottiMadhuri TallapragadaSasikala Chandar
D. RajagopalJ. G. S. ManiMalini IvaturiUma Potarazu
Doddanna RajashekarJay SriramNalini IyerVasumurthy
Girija VallabhanJyothi GaddeNarayan ArakoniVijaya Gollumudi
Gundu RauK. S. GokulanathanPrabha PippallaVijaya Reddy
Harihar SinghKalyani SundararajanPriya Cherry
Jayapradha ValluripalliKempanna SudhakarR.S. Venkatachalam
K.G. Venkatraman (Ramani)Krishna P JayaramanRadha Shivakumar
K.N. SivasubramanianKrishnan KumarRavi Mittal
Kanesa ThasanKrishnan RameshRavi Prasad
Krishna Murthy KaveriLakshmi NatarajanRugminy Gopal
Krishnan SuthanthiranLeela KrishnaS. Jayaraman
Kuntimaddi SadanandaMani KiranSham Narula
Lee BachuN. T. UmamaheswaranSubha Chandar
Leela MandavaN.C. KrishnamurthyThaila Ramanathan
M.G. MenonNalini PillaiUmakant Rajguru
Madhu MurthyNallan RamakrishnaUthra Mysore
Meena KrishnanNamperumal SundararajanVidya Krishnamurthy
Narayanaswami SubramanianNirmala Rao
Nirmala CherukupalleP. Krishnamurthy
P. G. PeriasamyPichammal Nagarajan
Parmesh DwivediR Balakrishnan
Potarazu KrishnaraoRaghavan Srinivasan
Prakash HosadurgaRaj Ananthanpillai
Prasad KadambiRaju Chidambaram
Priya NarayanRamabhadra Chari
Rajan IyerSagar Nootheti
Ramarao MysoreSampath Krishnan
Ramu PotarazuSankaran Nayar
Ravi NarayanSateesh K Singh
S. E. OonnithanShankar Kothakota
S. SriramachandranShrinivas Udapi
S. V. AcharyaShyamsundar Rajan
Sachidananda BabuSubha Vinayakom
Sarada AshokSudhakar Shenoy
Sasi MenonSunitha Trehan
Sathya MenonSwaminatha Reddy
Seetaramayya NagulaTampil Pankaj
Sekharipuram RamakrishnanVenkat Subramanian
Shekar NarasimhanVenkata Changanti
Shobha PrasadVenkata Mattay
Sreenivasa KumarVijaya Lakshmi Nimmagadda
Sridevi Nayar
Subhadra Tallapragda
Subramanian Krishnamurthy
Suresh Babu
Surya Reddy
Suryanarayana Siram
Thiru Gopal
Ubrani Jayaram
Umesh Shankar
Usha Iyer
V.P. Chandar
Valsala Pal
VS Raghavan

Job Openings

To apply for a position please email your application with a detailed resume to ssvt-hr@ssvt.org mentioning the position you are applying for-

Position 001: Hindu Cook

Job Description
Wanted immediately (1) experienced Hindu cook for the kitchen to prepare “prasadam” under the supervision of a senior religious cook. Must be legally permitted to work in the U.S. Competitive salary based on skills. Contact ssvt@ssvt.org

Position 002: Kitchen Helper

Job Description
Wanted immediately hourly kitchen helper to assist the cook. Must be legally permitted to work in the U.S. Contact ssvt@ssvt.org.

Office of Ombudsman

Ombudsman services may be availed by any member of the SSVT congregation or staff.
Currently serving in the Office of Ombudsman are:

Mrs. Sathya Menon
Email: ssvt@ssvt.org

Mr. N. C. Krishnamurthy
Email: ssvt@ssvt.org

Sri Narayanachar Lakshminarasimha Digalakote

Sri Narayanachar is a vaishnava pancharatra aagama priest at SSVT. He hails from Digalakote, Karnataka. He is the disciple of Shri Savyasachi Swamigal, Vaishnava Acharya of SSVT. He has been trained in Pancharatra Aagama and has training in satras including Poorva Pryogas, Srardha Pryogas, and Aparaprayogas. He joined SSVT in May 1992. He performs all the aagamic activities at SSVT and always involves devotees in when he performs either archanas or kalyanotsavams. He has been awarded Vaishnava Dharma Bhushana, Paancharatragama Vithunmani. He was the first priest representing SSVT during White House Deepavali celebration initiated by President Obama.He is fluent in Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, Sanskrit and English

 

Easwaran Nampoothiri

Sri. Easwaran Nampoothiri hails from Allapuzha, Kerala. He is Tantrik priest trained in Kerala Tantrik pujas through a family hereditary system under his grandfather and father. He has performed Thanthrik pujas and prtishtapanams in many states in India. Melsanthi at Sabarimalai Temple in 1996-1997 and at Sabarimalai-Mallikapuram temple in 1985-86 are something he cherishes. He joined SSVT in September 2000 as Tantrik priest. He performs all the pujas at the Ayyappan sannidhi and serves other deities as well. He leads the congregations during the Ayyapa Mandala time. He will do personal services in Kerala Tantrik tradition. He is fluent in Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi and English.

Sri. Janakiram Sarma Marthi

Sri. Janakiram Marthi hails from Andhra Pradesh, India. He is smartha vaidhika priest who had his veda paatam at “Gayathri Smaartha Vedapaatashaala” at Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh under his father Shri Venkatarama Sarma and later under Sri Sailam Nitya Agnihotri Satyanarayana Somayajulu. Prior to joining SSVT in October 2005 he was a vaidika priest in Narasaropet, Andhra. He has participated in Kotivarthi Sahit Lakshminarayana Deepotsavam, Varanasi and in Rudra Yagam & Subramanya Prathishta, Rameswaram. In addition to all the temple abhishekams and homams at SSVT, he also does personal vaidika karmas at both the temple and devotees houses. He is fluent in Telugu,Tamil, and English.

Sri. Ramesh Babu Potukuchi

Sri. Ramesh Babu Potukuchi hails from Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India. He is smartha vaidhika priest trained in Krishna Yajurveda under his Guru Sri Mahalinga Ganapatigall from Sri Kanchi Kamakoti sankara Matam, Bengaluru, Karnataka. He served as a vedic teacher at Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram in Delhi for 5 years and then in Netherlands for 3 years. For over 6 years he was a self- employed Vaidhika priest for another 6 years before joining SSVT in December 2005. He participates in all temple rituals, and does vaidika karmas at devotees’ requests. He is fluent in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Hindi and English.

Sri Narayana Bhattar

Sri. Narayana Bhatter hails from Andhra Pradesh, India. He is trained in Pancharatra Agama and Krishna Yajurvedham from his gurus Srinivasa Bhattacharya and Ranganatha Bhattacharya at Sriman Maharaja Samskritha Maha Patashala, Mysore. Prior to joining SSVT in March, 2010 he served at Wilson Garden Ram Mandhir, Bengaluru, S. V. Temple, Pittsburgh, and Sri Lakshmi Temple, Boston. He performs Venkateshwara and Anantha padmanaabha Abhishekams among other rituals in SSVT. He also performs personal samskaras. He is fluent in Tamil, Kannada, and Telugu

Sri Sivasubramaniyan Ganesa Gurukkal

Sri Sivasubramanyan Ganesa Gurukkal hails from Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu. He is trained in Saivagama under his Guru Dr. Somasundara Sivachariyar from Sri Lokambika Vedha Sivaagama Vidyalaya, Tiruppalaivanam, Tamilnadu. He is trained in Poorva Prayoga and Shraddha Prayogas. He served the deities in Sri Shishta Gurunadhar Temple, Sri Arunachaleswar Temple in Tamilnadu for over 15 years. Before joining SSVT in July 2011 as Sivaagama Priest he was with Sri Lakshmi Temple in Boston. He was given Veda Sivagama Vidya Bhooshanam award by Sri Lokambika Veda Sivagama Vidyalaya and Veda SivagamaVichakshana by Indian Institute of Indology. He is fluent in Tamil, and English.

Sri Shankara Gurukkal

Sri Sankaran Gurukkal hails from Tiruveezhimizhalai, Tamilnadu. He is trained in Saivagama under his Guru Sivasri Visvanatha Sivachariyar from Sri Vedha Sivaagama Patasali, Allur, Tamilnadu. He is trained in Poorva Prayoga and Shraddha Prayogas. He has served the Deities for more than 17 years in Mangala Vinayagar Temple, Tambaram before serving Murugan Temple (MTNA) Lanham in 2008 - 2009. After a small break In India he joined SSVT as saivagama priest in March 2010. He was given Sivaagama Siromani award by Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam. Tamil Nadu and Saiva Siddhantam award by Indian Institute of Indology. He is fluent in Tamil, Hindi and Sanskrit.

Sree Venkatacharyulu Kumanduri

Sri Venkatacharyulu Kumanduri is a vaishnava pancharatra aagama priest at SSVT. He hails from Kesavaram Andhra Pradesh. He finished his veda aagama studies from Sri Pancharaatra Aagama kSalashaala, Jeeyar Educational Trust, Jaggayyapet, Andhra Pradesh under his Guru Srinivasacharya Samudrala. He also has a B.Com degree from Andhra University. He has served in different temples in Hyderabad for 10 years before joining SSVT in May 2011. He participated in Yagnas and Prathistas with His Holiness Sri Tridandi Chinna Jeeyar Swami. He does all the Vaishnava Aagama rituals, Kalyanotsavams etc at SSVT. He is fluent in Telugu, Tamil, Hindi and English

Sri Rakesh Bhatt

Sri. Rakesh Bhatt hails from Bengaluru, Karnataka, India. He is Madhwa priest trained in Rig Veda and Tantrasaara (Maadhva) Agama, under his Guru Sri Pejavar Swamiji of Udupi Ashta Matha. In addition he has a Bachelors and Masters degree in three languages:Sanskrit, English and Kannada. He obtained his English and Kannada degrees from Osteen College, Bengaluru and the Sanskrit degree from Jaychamarajendra College. He was given the award “Satshastra Vidwan” from Mantralaya, Uttaradi Matha and Udupi Ashta Matha. After working in Udupi Ashta Matha for a few years he worked for a short period in Badrinath and Salem Raghavendra Swami Koil he joined SSVT in July 2013. He is fluent in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi, English, Tulu and Sanskrit

Sri Roopesh Acharya

Sri Roopesh Acharya hails from Mangalore, Karnataka. He studied shivagama tantram Pravara Praveena at Kunjibettu Sharada Temple situated at Udupi, a branch of Sri Shankaracharya Samsthana From 2006 studied Shastras and Vedas for 9 years at Pejawara Mutt, Udupi and Studied Sanskrit Literature along with Jothisya Shasthra as a part of Vedanga at Sri S.M S. P Sanskrit research Center. He has an MA in Sanskrit from Karnataka Sanskrit University and is awarded the title “Vidwan”. He has worked as a priest in Pejawar Matha performing Yaga and Poojas. He has participated in Kumbhabhisheka and other rituals in various temples in India as well as abroad for example Myanmar, Dubai and Malaysia. He is fluent in English, Sanskrit, Hindi, Kannada, Tamil and Tulu. He understands Telugu, Malayalam, Konkani and Marathi. He is working in SSVT since December 2014

Sri Ashwin Sivam

Sri Ashwin Sivam hails from Karamadai, Tamilnadu. He is trained in Saivagama under his Guru Dr. Sundaramurthy Sivam Sivachariyar from Sri Sri Ravishankar‘s Veda Agama Samskrutha Patashala. Tiruppalaivanam, Tamilnadu. He has completed six years of integrated traditional course of of Veda, Agama & Shastras in Veda Agama Samskrutha Maha Pathasala (Sri Sri Ravishankar’s Art of Living International Center) in Bengaluru, Karnataka and was awarded the title of “Sivagama Vidyanidhi”. He is trained in most of the Poorva Prayogas. In addition he has successfully completed Samaskrutha bharathi trust Praveesha, Parichaya, Shiksha, Kovida and Bhashapraveesha exams and Govt.of Karnataka shaivagama pravara public exam, Govt.of Tamil Nadu temple rituals& mahotsava exam. He is a Ganapathi Thalam Specialist. He worked in Arulmigu Nanjudeswaraswamy temple in Karamadai, Tamil Nadu for two years. He is fluent in Tamil, English, Sanskrit, and Kannada and understands Hindi. He joined SSVT in May 2015

Sri Sanjeev Mahajanam

Sri Sanjeev Mahajanam is from vayalapadu, near Tirupathi. He was trained as Naivedyam Acharya in Tirupathi Devasthanams. He worked for Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthaanam temples at Sri Kariyamaikya swami Temple and Sri Annapoorna sametha Sri Kashi Vishweshwara Swami temple, Chittoor District, Sri Kalyana Venkateshwara Swami temple and Sri Chandramouleswara Swamy temple at Rishikesh and Sri Venkateshwara swamy Temple at Panchakula, Haryana. He joined SSVT in September 2015

Sri Murali Shankar Shastri

Sri Muali Shastri comes to us from Chennai. He is a Rigveda Vaidika Priest. He has studied Rigveda Samhita for five years at the Sarvaignyatmendra Saraswathi Swamigal Rigveda padasalai in Brahmadesam; studied Kramantham for two years at Sankara Gurukula Veda Padasalai, Hyderabad; studied Ghanantham for two years at Shridevi Veda Vidyalaya Padasalai in Shriselam, Andra Pradesh; studied Veda Bhasyam for seven yearsat Bhramasri Maha Mahopadyaya Krishna Murthi Shastrigal at Brahma Vidya Gurukulam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Additionally, he has also studied Vaithikha Purva Apara Prayogam and has been performing Prayogam for 11 years. He is knowledgeable in Tamil, Sanskrit, English and knows Telugu. He joined SSVT in February 2016.