Pandit Krishna Kumar
Pandey hails from a family of priests from Northern India. He
is the third generation priest in his family dynasty. He is an Acharya
in Vedic Religion and Astrology from Sanskrit University Varanasi, India.
He has M.A. in Sanskrit from Allahabad University, India. He is a Visharad
in Dharma Shashtra from Hindi Vishwa Vidyalaya Prayag (Allahabad) India.
Bharat Gaurav Awarded to Pandijti Pandit Pandey was awarded the Bharat Gaurav Award
(Pride of India Award) for his meritorious religious and social service. Honorable
Pavan Kumar Bansal, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Water Resources
presented the award to him on January 6, 2011 in a Seminar on Global Participation
in India's Economic Development organized by International Indian Friendship
Society. Previous recipients of these awards include many famous personalities
including Mother Teresa, Vice President B. D Jatti, Dr. Bhishm Narayan
Singh, Kiran Bedi and Sunil Gavaskar. See
the Award Slide Show.
Panditji has been giving his services in USA as a priest since November 2003. He has deep and extensive knowledge of Karma Kand (religious rituals), Astrology, Vedas, Puranas, Srimad Bhagwat Gita, Ramayana and Upanishads. Currently he is providing his noble service to the community of Bay Area, California, at the Shiv Durga Temple of Bay Area. He is the founder, president and the main priest of the Shiv Durga Temple located at 3550 Flora Vista Ave, Santa Clara, California.
From November 2003 through May 2006, he was a
priest at Hindu Temple and Cultural Center in Des Moines, Iowa. Panditji was the first vedic and hindu priest at Iowa State
and was honoured to perform a prayer ceremony at Iowa Senate Legislative
Assembly. He established an
interfaith dialogue within the community and taught course on Hindu
Vedic Religion at the Iowa State.
Panditji Offering Hindu Prayer in Senate and
House of Representatives at Des Moines
Panditji was taught by Shri Ram Chandra Tripathi of Dhaumy Ashram in Allahabad
under guidance of Shri Ashok Ji Singhal (currently President of Vishwa
Hindu Parishad) during his twelve years studies in Allahabad and Varanasi. .
In the year 1985, after completion of his studies, Panditji was appointed as Junior Commission Officer ( Religious Teacher - Priest ) for Indian Army and got commission letter from the President of India, Shri R. Venkata Raman, to serve as a priest for the troops officers,
their families and relatives. Panditji gave his service to Indian Army
for 18 years and received three medals in recognition of his outstanding
Panditji also served as a priest for the world famous Temple of Vaishno Devi in Jammu and Kashmir, India, where on an average more than 100,000 devotees pay their tribute every month. Pandit ji oversaw and directed the project for renovating the base temple, First Darshan of Mata Vaishno-Kandoli Mandir.