Temple Priests


Pandit Sri. Damodara Bhattar comes from a traditional priest family, who are serving from generation to generation. His father Priest Sri. Ramachandra Bhattar is a head priest in SLN Temple, Youngstown OH since 1993. He has previously worked in Venkateswara Temple, Pittsburgh.

Bhattar worked as a priest in Hindu Temple, Omaha NE for 14 years leading many events as a main priest for 2013 Maharudra, 2015 Maha Kumbabishekam and 2018 Maha Sudarshana Homam. Pandit Bhattar specializes in Ashtapada alankaram for all Uthsava Moorthis and different alankarams for all deities. He is fondly referred by devotees and Temple management as “Alankara” Bhattar

He has been part of various major temple events like Koti Kumkum Archana in Delaware Sri Mahalakshmi Temple in 2003. Bhattar was part of SLN temple Jeernodhara, PUNAR PRANAPRATHISTA and Kumbabhishekam in OH 2007 and UTSAVAMURTHY PRANAPRATHISTA in 2008. He was a part of PRANAPRATHISTA of Lord Radha Krishna & Maha Lakshmi of Woodland, TX in 2012.

Pandit Bhattar obtained his Rig Veda, Kavya & Tharka education at PURNA PRAGNA VIDYA PEETA, Bangalore, India. He studied PANCHARATHRA AGAMA Prayogam & YajurVeda, from his father. Pandit Bhattar performs all rituals: Grihapravesham, Satyanarayana Pooja, South & North Indian Wedding ceremony, Dhanalakshmikubera Pooja, Navagraha Shanti/all Shanti Homam, Sudarshana Homam, Mrityunjaya Homam, Shodasha samskaras(like naming ceremony etc), Upanayanam, Shasti purti, and all other poojas. He can perform all the priest services in listed in our temple website at your home.

Bhattar is fluent in Telugu, English, Hindi, Kannada, and Tamil. He is married to Smt. Krishna Krupa and has been blessed with a girl Vaishnavi D Bhattar.

We encourage every family in our community to avail priest services for a special day of your life like Wedding Anniversary, Birthday, Ayusha Homam, Saraswathi Pooja, Satyanarayana Pooja, Vara Lakshmi Pooja etc. and receive blessings from our priests.

To inquire about priest services in and outside the temple, please email Priest Services.