Sanatana Dharma Kendra (SDK) is a Hindu temple and cultural center based in San Jose, CA. We were founded by the Late Pt. Sri Gajanana Joshiji in 2005. We are a 501(c)(3) IRS non-profit with tax ID: 59-3813383. The purpose of Sanatana Dharma Kendra is to create an environment where Sanatana Dharma (Eternal Righteousness) is upheld, valued and instilled in us.Our priests are Sri Kumaraswami Joshi ji and Sri Shashidhara Somayaji ji.
Our Mission is
“To build and operate a self-sustaining Kendra (Centre) by following the principles of Sanatana Dharma, which offers religious, cultural, spiritual and support services to serve the Greater San Francisco Bay Area community”
Vidwan Shri Gajanana Joshi was highly knowledgeable and qualified in Dharma Shastra, Aagama, Poorva Mimamsa and Sanatana Dharma Astrology.He was the head Priest at Sri Kshetra at Gokarna, Karnataka and Gangadhareshwara Temple at Sidhdhapura, Karnataka.He was also the Advice Priest at Mahaganapathi Temple and Shri Ramachandrapura Mutt, Bangalore.In addition, he was a Voluntary Priest at Shiva Vishnu Temple, Livermore, California.He founded Sanatana Dharma Kendra in the year 2005.His adherence to the principles of Sanatana Dharma, his knowledge of vedas, his efforts to promote culture via encouraging various cultural activities at Sanatana Dharma Kendra were tremendous.
Vidwan Shri Gajanana Joshi passed away in March 2017 to attain the Lord’s divine abode.Our Pranams to Joshiji for being a spiritual guide to all of us in the Bay Area.
He has aptly named Sanatana Dharma Kendra as Prasanna Ganesha Mandir with a single presiding deity Ganesha who shall bless the one thing to all of us, Happiness (that is all compassing, namely our dreams, peace, happiness and prosperity).Though he is not in the physical body with us, he continues to guide us in spirit.May his soul rest in peace.
Neela Biligiri, fondly called as Neelamma, founded Sanatana Dharma Kendra along with Shri Gajanana Joshiji. Neelamma backed Shri Joshiji’s vision to establish the temple, arranged for Ganesha Pooja at her restaurant ‘Panchavati’, Sunnyvale until an appropriate location for the temple was finalized. She dedicated her life for Sanatana Dharma Kendra until her last breath in January 2015.
Pandit Kumaraswamy Gajanana Joshi is the eldest son of Late Vidwan Gajanana Joshiji (the founder of Sanatana Dharma Kendra).
He learnt Veda Mantra from his grandfather Gokarna Vishwnatha Bhat Prasad and Chitrigemath Gokarna Agnihotri Gajanana Bhat. He learned and trained in karma kanda Pooja paddhati under his father Vidwan Gajanana Joshiji. He studied Sanskrita at Sri Medha Dakshinamoorthy Chaturveda Sanskrit Veda Bhavana in Gokarna.
He received a Vidwat degree in Dharma Shastra, Agama Praveena, and Poorva Meemamsa from Mysore University. He served as Priest in Mahabaleshwara Temple in Gokarna. He was previously a Priest at Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of South Carolina. At present, he serves as a priest for bay area community.
Pandit Sri Shashidhara Somayaji is educated from Veda Bhavana Vidyalaya, Kalady (birthplace of Shri Adi Shankaracharya) and Sadvidya Sanjeevini College at Shringeri.
He is proficient in Rigveda Kramantha, Krishna Yajurveda Samhitha and Karma Kanda Jyotishya Shastra (Vedic astrology) and has passed the prestigious Sahityacharya Exam.
He trains men, women and kids on ‘Yakshagaana’ and performs himself. He conducts ‘Veda Paatha’ classes at Sanatana Dharma Kendra for vedic literature enthusiasts.He also serves as a priest for the bay area community.