Priests - Purohits - Pujaris - Ministers of Religion
last updated 24th May 2003

Kalasambhava dasa is a Minister of Religion for the International Society for Krishna Consciousness allowing him to perform marriages according the New Zealand law. He is an initiated disciple of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad, having faithfully served him since his initiation in the 1970s, has also been a long term serving Temple President of the Christchurch temple before coming to assist in the management of the Auckland temple. He is married with one son. (09) 412-6362.

Asta-siddhi dasa has for many years been a pujari for the Indian community and has an understanding of the necessity of priestly activities. He is also an initiated disciple of His Divine Grace Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad. Over the years he has been one of the pujaris for the Radha Krishna temple in New North Road, originally from Fiji has had much to do with performing the samskaras for the Indian community. (09) 412-8075. (or at Radha Krishna Temple 09-377-7075. This is the temple phone please leave a message)

Jaya Shila dasa is a Minister of Religion for the International Society for Krishna consciousness. Formerly he was temple president for Iskcon Auckland before a spell in Australia and India furthering his philosophical and experiential horizons. Recently Jaya Shila prabhu was an acting Minister for Grihastha Affairs whilst living in India, and has assisted in writing/compiling some guidelines to help both new and old devotees in their household affairs. He is married with two children. He is also an initiated disciple of His Divine Grace Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad. He is contact able through Iskcon Auckland (09) 412-8075.


Prana dasa is Head master of the Hare Krishna school in Auckland, being a fully qualified teacher, among his many qualifications he holds a degree in Sanskrit. Prana prabhu lived for many years and served in Iskcon at the Krishna Balaram mandir in Sri Vrindavan Dham, Mathura Dist UP. He is available to help with samskaras and pujas, to arrange a mutually beneficial time etc please contact him on 09 412 2233. He is also married with a family.


Hanuman dasa is a Minister of Religion for the International Society for Krishna consciousness, as well as being the Temple President of the Hare Krishna Cultural Centre in Christchurch. He oversees the daily running of the Christchurch temple, and all of the daily worship as well as the Christchurch Loft. He is a very friendly and warm devotee and if he can help you he will - if you have any enquiries please contact him on (03) 366-5174 or (03) 366-1965. He is also married with a young family.


Jvala Nrsimha dasa is a Minister of Religion for the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, and has been trained as a temple pujari and has served in that position for some years, now he has learned the functions of being a domestic Purohit to perform the rites of passage (Vedik samskaras) for the community. He is trained by Jaya Tirtha Charan dasa, and is available to perform all the Vaishnava samskaras either in your home, or at the temple for you. He is gaining much experience in the field and is very enthusiastic to help fulfil your needs. Jvala is a householder with wife and family and so understands your needs, he maintains a middle management position in a company in Christchurch. He is married with two young children. See his page HERE.


Yashoda Dhulal dasa has been a temple pujari, cook and public relations officer in the Christchurch temple for many years. He is married with a Fijian Indian wife, so the samskaras have become like a second nature to him. He too is available to assist you in your samskarik needs. Contact him on (03) 355-7832. He has a wealth of experience in public relations, organisational skills and is very competent at presenting the philosophy of Krishna consciousness. He is married with children.

Sridhama dasa has recently come to Christchurch and is willing to perform samskaras and pujas for the congregation. Sridhama prabhu is originally from India, is fluent in English, Hindi, Telegu, Kannada, Tamil (his native tongue) and served for many years at Iskcon Bombay (Mumbai). He is also an expert musician, and is presently developing video/visual/media presentation skills.....if you have any enquiries please contact him on (03) 366-5174 or (03) 366-1965.


Govinda Charan dasa has been trained as a temple pujari and has a natural attraction towards the samskara system of the Vedik tradition. Coming from the Bengali/Bangladeshi family heritage he has been brought up with an understanding of the importance of the Vedik rites. He is also householder with wife and children and so understands your needs to perform the various samskaras etc. He's an initiated disciple of HH Prabhavishnu Swami, taking diksha in 1992. He is married with young children, and is a teacher by profession. He is available for bookings to perform samskaras, and is always eager to assist where he can. Ring him direct on 03-455 7276., or you can contact him, or view his page HERE.


Western Bay of Plenty:
Pt. Jaya Tirtha Charan dasan (dasadasanudas) is a Minister of Religion for the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, recognised by the Justice Dept of New Zealand to perform marriage ceremonies, etc. JTCd has been trained to perform Vaishnava - Vaidik ceremonials according to Sat Kriya Sara Dipika, Pancharatriki viddhi and Agama Tantras of ritual symbology. He has studied under the guidance of the late Jayatirtha dasa, the late Rangaraj Bhattar, HH Bhakti Vidya Purna Swami, HG Gaura Keshava dasa, HG Sri Raam-Ramanujacarya dasan, HG Atmatattwa dasa, HG Chiteshwar dasa. As a complimentary study he also studied Social and Community Work Theory, Social and Community Work Ethics, Social and Community Work Practice (for which he gained Recognition of Prior Learning as a Hare Krishna Priest), Systems of Healing, Sociology, Social Anthropology, Social Economics, Social Policy, and Counselling through Massey University. He is also the New Zealand representative for the Australasian Council for Hindu Clergy and Laity Inc. He is also married with three children. See bio for more:
    JTCd was formally initiated into the Brahma-Madhwa-Gaudiya sampradaya in April 1978., after being a congregational member since 1973., and having made a thorough study of its purpose, method, and effect - being conversant is its developmental history, members pastimes and function of the sampradaya..


Guru dasa is a pujari from Fiji. He has had many years of experience as a devotee in Fiji before coming to New Zealand. He and his joint family now reside in the Hamilton region and hold functions there. He is a disciple of HH Tamal Krishna Goswami who is one of the early disciples of HDG Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Guru dasa is competant to perform the various samskaras that you and your family may need. Call him on (07) 836 7608.

Jagjeevan dasa (Jagdish Prasad) prabhu is one of the Temple Managers of the Newlands Centre, originally from Fiji, and has a long term association with puja. He is also married with two young adult children. He works very closely with Jaya Tirtha Charan dasa and is available to organise samskaras and pujas in your Wellingtonian home or at the temple. Please contact him and explain what it is you need doing, or ask what questions you need answering (04) 478-1414. (Work (04) 474-4153 ask for Jagdish Prasad). Jagjeevan is a very responsible devotee who also holds an administrative post in a local government office.

See more regarding the Kiwi yatra HERE

For further information on the samskara rites, ritualistic symbology, the maturational times when to perform the rites, or the auspicious times when to perform them, or for your personal Panchangas / Almanacs please contact Pt Jaya Tirtha Charan dasan  View his pages here:

Introduction to Samskaras, Marriage Compatibility, Ceremonies, Panchanga - Almanacs, Panjika - Calendars, Vedik Astrology,Muhurtha - Time Placement Astrology, Fire Rituals , The Aryan Invasion Myth and Western-Indologists Exposed.

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