Dr. Suryanarayan Nanda is an eminent scholar of Vedas and Upanishads, a lifelong student of Vedic philosophy, poetry and Indian classic literature. With a Ph.D. in Sanskrit from Utkal University in Bhubaneswar and a Masters from Delhi University, Acharya ji brings with him an expertise and working knowledge of Sanskrit which is one of, if not the most, scientific of classic languages.
His reputation as a scholar and great orator preceded him to Houston. Prior to his move to Houston to assume the position of the resident priest at Arya Samaj, Acharya Suryanarayan Nanda ji was an Associate Professor of Sanskrit at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, and since 2001, he has been a TV & Radio broadcaster of news in Sanskrit, serving at both iconic institutions - the All India Radio and Door Darshan in Delhi.
Acharya Ji is an eminent scholar and spiritual guide with a deep knowledge of Vedas, and is very dedicated to promotion of the Vedic philosophy and teachings of Arya Samaj. Acharya ji has been delivering Vedic pravachans at various Arya Samajs in the greater Delhi area for over 15 years and he was a teacher of Vedas and Vedic philosophy to graduate and postgraduate students at Gurukul in Gautam Nagar, New Delhi until 2009. He has also taught short courses in spoken Sanskrit and Indian Philosophy in Jakarta & Surabaya in Indonesia. With several publications in Sanskrit to his name, including a collection of short plays, and a poet, he brings together a rare combination of academic rigor and Vedic knowledge.
Acharya ji is married to Smt. Biswajita. They have two sons over the ages of 10 and 3. For further information, please contact him at the Arya Samaj of Greater Houston (281) 752-0100 or (832) 867-4126.
Acharya Harish Chandra Ji, born in Calcutta (now Kolkata), is an engineer by education and profession. With an Aeronautical Engineering degree from IIT Kanpur and a Ph.D. in Combustion Sciences from Princeton University, he had been engaged with companies in India, Germany and Norway in research of combustion processes. Interestingly, during his professional life, he continued to maintain a close relationship with Arya Samaj including a stint as the President of Arya Samaj in Pilani, Rajasthan, and studying Vedic literature.
In July 1996, Acharya Harish decided to renounce his engineering profession, and instead, dedicated himself to the spread of the message and the knowledge of Vedic scriptures through many lecture tours in India, Europe and North America. He continued his mission under the banner of Arya Samaj in Birmingham (UK) and Center for Inner Sciences (CIS), which he founded as an institution to present Vedic spiritual sciences such as Meditation and Yoga to western audiences and to train teachers.
Acharya Harish Ji is excited to be a part of the Arya Samaj Greater Houston team. In addition to his duties as a qualified priest, he intends to continue teaching Patanjali Yoga and meditation to people of Arya Samaj and beyond. Acharya Ji is married to Dr.Kavita Vachaknavee, who is an author, a poet, a critic and a social activist. Acharya Ji can be reached at (832) 874-3248 on phone.