Pandit Sharma C.S. Samavedula is the founder of the Vedic Yagya Center. He was initiated into the Sri Vidya tradition by his father, the late Brahma Sri Samavedula Trinadha Lakshmi Narasimha Murty (a world-renowned Sri Vidyopasaka).
Pandit Sharma is a 6th generation Sama Veda pandit and is also a Sri Vidyopasaka. He began his training in the Vedas at age 7, and started under the guidance of his paternal grandfather, the late Brahma Sri Samavedula Narayana Shastri, a renowned Sama Veda Pandit awarded by the President of India. He then continued his studies with his maternal grandfather, the late Brahma Sri Samavedula Ramagopala Shastri at Shri Sarva Raya Veda Patha Shala, a pandit training school in Andhra Pradesh, India. Then, for further studies, he went to Varanasi (Kashi) to study under the guidance of the late Brahma Sri Shankara Narayana Shrauti Gal.
In 1990, after 12 years of study, Pandit Sharma received his master’s degree in Vedic Studies, and this degree was evaluated and authenticated at the University of Toronto by Prof. Venkatacharya, who is the Dean of the Chair of Hinduism Vedic Studies. During this time, he was trained into Vedic remedial and astrological studies as well. In addition, he completed his secular studies through the 12th grade.
From 1990 to 1991, Pandit Sharma studied the Ashta Brahmana and Grihya Sutras with the late Shri Shankar Shrauti Gal, who was a professor (Acharya) at the Veda Mimansa Anusandhana Kendra school in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India.
From 1991 to 1995, Pandit Sharma was a professor (Acharya) of Sama Veda at Maharishi Veda Vigyana Vishwa Vidya Peeth (Maharishi Vedic University), a charitable trust that trains Vedic Pandits throughout India.
From 1995 through 2002, he was a Vedic priest at various Temples throughout the US and Canada. In 2001, Pandit Sharma served as the officiating chief priest at the Maharudra yagya in Atlanta, Georgia, which was performed by 50 Vedic Pandits.
In 2002, Pandit Sharma founded the Vedic Yagya Center in the USA. He has also assisted in the founding, organizing, fundraising, and building of other temples in North America, including the Austin Hindu Temple, in South Austin, Texas, and Sri Venkateswara Temple and Shirdi Sai Temple in North Austin, Texas. He performed several Kumbhabhishekams for several temples throughout the globe. He also founded the Sri Devi Mandir (Maanavata Mandir) in Fairfield, Iowa, and the Sri Sivakameswari Temple in Costa Mesa, California, where he currently serves as the head Vedic priest and founder.
With the blessings of his parents and his grandfathers, and with divine intervention, in 2002 he founded a Vedic School in South India (Vydic Foundation of India), where aspiring Vedic Pandits are trained and the Vedic tradition is preserved along with the ancient language, Sanskrit.
In 2016, Pandit Sharma was the chief priest and led the Maha Yagya in Japan in front of Mount Fuji. This Yagya was organized by Her Holiness, Sai Maa.
In 2019, he started another branch of the Vedic School in Varanasi, in addition to the South India School, where all Vedic Remedies are performed.
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