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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 service.

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.

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