Who We Are

The Sri Maha Kaleshwar Mandir was inaugurated by Swami Sathasivom.  The Mandir operates under the auspices of the Sri Sambha Sathashiva Vidya Peetham, a 501(c)3 nonprofit religious corporation.

Swami Sathasivom

Swami Sathasivom is the elder son of Sambamurthy Sivachariar, a world-renowned Hindu priest and guru who served as the head priest of the Kalikambal Temple in Chennai, India throughout his life, and who travelled to many countries in the service of world peace. Swami Sathasivom showed a great interest in spirituality from his 9th year, and began acccompanying his father to pujas (religious services) from that time. In 1971, at the age of 12, Swamiji decided to take his first spiritual pilgrimage all alone and far from home, to see the goddess Kali in the city of Kolkata, and to Benares, the holiest city of India. From that time, Swamiji continually travelled across India, meeting and making friends with many saints and sadhus (wandering yogis) and pursuing the depths of spiritual knowledge. He served in the Kalikambal temple from time to time, receiving hundreds of people daily and helping them in their spiritual and material lives with his prayers. But Swamijis great interest in meeting all kinds of people and spreading his spiritual experiences has led him to keep travelling all his life, never restricted to any one place. Swamiji’s spiritual realization is that God dwells in all forms, so he never looked at anyone’s caste, religion, gender, wealth or any other differences, and he never worried about anything, knowing God would take care of all his needs. In this way he remained free from all bondages of the ordinary life, despite being married and having a family. In this way Swamiji can go anywhere at anytime to serve humanity, and all his needs are arranged by Goddess Kalikambal. His wife Renuka and daughter Harsha have helped him faithfully and constantly, enabling him to concentrate all of his energy on giving spiritual service to everyone freely, circling the globe countless times in this effort.  Swamiji has spent almost a third of his life in “maunam,” a vow of silence that he has undertaken periodically for long periods of time (up to three years), a practice he began spontaneously as a young schoolboy.  During these periods of intense discipline Swamiji prays intensively for world peace and the benefit of humanity.