Acharya, Shri Harshvardhan Shukla
Languages: Hindi, Bhojpuri, English, Gujarati, Maithili, Marathi, Nepali, Punjabi
Shri Harshvardhan Shukla hails from the Rewa District in Madhya Pradesh (M.P.), India. He started his Sanskrit Education and traditional priestly practice both at a very early age, away from home, in a temple environment. Shri Harshvardhan continued his education and obtained degree of Shashtri (Bachelors) in sanskrit and then further completed degree of Acharya (Masters) in sanskrit , from the Sampoornanand sanskrit University (Varanasi,UP).
Shri Harshvardhan learnt and received the knowledge of traditional Hindu rituals (north indian style) under the guidance of his uncle Shri Ramalal Shukla, who has immense knowledge of Karmakand and has been practicing it from last 40 years.
Earlier Shri Harshvardhan, had started performing duties of a temple priest, during his early days as student, in Sanyas Ashram temple, in Mumbai, Vileparle . And then later on worked as independent pundit, along with some of the renowned pundits in Mumbai, from last 9 years, and have gained very good knowledge of karmakand practices.
Before coming to US in 2006 , Shri Harshvardhan was Acharya (Head Priest) in Mauritius, in Shri Sarvagoon Nidhannath Mandir, for 3 years. His Experience also includes of teaching Sanskrit , vedic rituals and karmakand practice, to junior students of sanskrit. It is worth mentioning that Shri Harshvardhan does have a very good voice and has been Singing bhajan, dhun and sankirtan.