Lord Ganesha and Medha Daksinamurti Temple

Tradition holds that Lord Siva in the form of Dakshinamurti was the first teacher of Vedanta. He imparted self-knowledge to the four rishis seated at his feet, initiating an oral tradition which has been passed down to us through the centuries. Sri Medha Dakshinamurti and Ganesha Temple on the gurukulam grounds, honors this teaching tradition and provides a place of prayer and worship for all seekers.

Temple Update

We are happy to announce that the Dakṣiṇāmūrti Temple is now open (limited hours) to visitors who have pre-registered (no later than 9:00 am on the day of the visit). No walk-in visits are allowed. [Pre-registration form]. Only vaccinated individuals above 12 years of age are allowed.  Entry will be denied without proof of vaccination. Preventive measures such as masking up and social distancing are mandatory and it is visitors’ responsibility. Follow Pennsylvania state COVID-19 guidelines when you are on temple premises and camps.

Thanksgiving Weekend Special Hours at the Temple

Closed to public Thursday-Saturday, Nov 25-27, 2021.

Open Sunday, Nov 28 Only 2:30-4:30 pm (see details above).

On Pradosham days (to be announced on event page arshavidya.org/events)

Evening 4:45 – 6:30 pm

Prasadam will be provided at the Temple.

NOTE: Temple visitors are not allowed at the New Dining Hall.
Important Policies
All must be fully vaccinated
No children are allowed below 12 yrs
Pre-registration required with scanned copy of proof of vaccination.
Entry will be denied without this proof.
No Walk-ins
Temple visitors are not allowed at the new dining hall.


All are welcome to view our programs virtually via our Live Streaming page or YouTube channel.

Medha Dakshinamurthi And Ganesha Temple

Temple Services

  • Archana to Lord Ganesha and Lord Dakshinamurti
  • Abishekam to Lord Dakshinamurti
  • Services offered by our Priests
  • Aksharabyasam
  • Ayusha Homam (Birthday)
  • Lagnam (Wedding)
  • Namakaranam (Naming Ceremony)
  • Navagraha Homam
  • Shashti Abdhapoorti (60th Birthday)
  • Sahasranama Puja
  • Satyanarayana Puja
  • Seemantham (Prenatal)
  • Shrardham
  • Upanayanam

Temple Priests

Pandit Ganesan comes from the city of Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu, India. Beginning at the tender age of nine, he attended the Veda Padasalai at Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu. He received further training at the Sankaramadam associated with the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam at Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu. After nearly ten years of formal training at the above institutions, he was a practicing priest at Coimbatore for nearly twenty years. He joined the Gurukulam as a priest in 1997. While a student at the Vedic school associated with the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam, Pandit Ganesan had innumerable chances to be in the presence of Holiness Jagadguru Chandrasekarendra Saraswati Swamigal of Kanchi. The one moment he cherishes is the honor of receiving a shawl and a prize from the Acharya Swamigal on completion of his course of study at the school. He may be reached at (570) 656-0197 or by email at ganesanavg@hotmail.com.

Pandit Ravichandran hailing from Pujya Swami Dayananda’s village of Manjakudi in Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu, India, Sivachariar Ravichandran comes from a traditional family of temple priests. He studied Vedas and Agama Sastras under his father Saravana Sivachariar. He has successfully completed Agama Visharatha Exam conducted by Dravida Desa Brahmana Samskrit University, Thiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu. Shivachariar Ravichandran has been with the Gurukulam since 1994 and performs temple Puja as well various Vedic rituals. He is gifted with a resonating voice for Vedic chanting. He is also adept in bringing out the beauty of Lord Daksinamurti through his alankaras for the pleasure of Lord Daksinamurti’s devotees. Pandit Ravi is available to do Puja and Vedic rituals both at the Gurukulam as well as outside. He may be reached at (570) 656-0192 or by email at Priestravi@yahoo.com.