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Spiritual Head and Divine Guide

Swami Chidanand Saraswati (Muniji)

Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati (Muniji) was the guiding and inspiring force behind the conceptualization, planning, building and running of the Hindu-Jain Temple. His vision, devotion, dedication and tenacity truly brought this temple into existence. He left the holy banks of Mother Ganga and the sacred Himalayas and moved for many years to Monroeville in order to ensure that the temple came to a beautiful fruition. From day one He led and guided the planning and execution of the plans for the temple. Further, His boundless commitment to unity in the community made this temple the first temple in which Hindus and Jains worship side by side. He is still the spiritual head and divine guide for the Temple.

Resident Priests

Shri Suresh Chandra Joshi

Shri Sureshchandra Joshi (Joshiji) has been with Hindu Jain Temple since 1986. He has M.A.and B.Ed degree in Sanskrit and Hindi as well as degree of Acharya. He has taught Sanskrit and was principal of Sanskrit Vidyalay in India. He is very disciplined, dedicated & methodical and always tries to be helpful. He speaks fluently Sanskrit, Hindi, Gujarati, and English. He is an excellent bhajan singer and harmonium player and conducts various major celebrations with a unique flair.

Shri Vinod Kumar Pandey

Shri Vinodkumar Pandey (Pandeyji) came to Pittsburgh in 1991and has been an integral part of our temple. He was born in Sultanpur, U.P. and obtained his master’s degree in Sanskrit and Hindi at the University of Allahabad. He also obtained his Acharya & Shastry degrees from Sanskrit University at Varansi. Pandeyji is a disciple of Sant Acharya Bhagvatnanda. He is well versed in Vedas & Karmakand. He speaks fluently Sanskrit, Hindi, and English. His interests include astrology and music.

Shri Jagdish Chandra Joshi

Pandit Jagdishchandra Joshi (Jagdishji) is the youngest priest and the latest addition to our temple. He was born in Utter Pradesh and received education in Haridwar and Varanasi. He is well trained in Sanskrit, Karmakanda, Vedanta and Indian Philosophy. He is quite fluent in Gujrati and English, in addition to his command over Hindi and Sanskrit. He is a proficient singer, harmonium, and tabla player, and he is a disciple of H.H. Dandiswami Vimaland Tirth, who is a senior scholar on Hinduism and often an advisor to the Sankaracharya.

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