I'm Acharya Shree Upendra Joshi

Position: Priests of Bharatiya Mandir

Life Goal

To serve my community and people all around. To promote the love and peace that our hindu scriptures dictate.


Bachelor of Commerce | 1981
University of Gujarat, Dabhoi, Gujarat, India
  • Vyavaha Karmakand, 1992
  • Bhagwatacharya – Sanskrit Vidyapith, 1990
  • Jyotishacharya – Sanskrit Vidyapith, 1989
  • Karmakand Visharath, 2000

Work Experience

Hindu Priest | March 1999 - Present
Bhartiya Mandir, Auckland, New Zealand
  • In the past 18 years I have provided my extensive service to the Bhartiya Mandir and New Zealand’s wider hindu community. Along with the day to day operation of the temple activities I ensure that the temple celebrates all the Hindu festivals for it’s devotees. With this I conduct poojas, weddings, and kathas through out the year. My aim is to always ensure that the devotees are given appropriate guiadance of our religion and set an example to be good human being that our scriptures teach us to be.
  • I have travelled overseas which includes many trips to Australia for performing various religious activites. One of which is celebrating Jalaram Jayanti with Jalaram Sameeti in Brisbane. Other places where I have travelled for pooja are Fiji, Samoa, Solomon Island, Vanuatu, Tonga, Thailand and India.
Hindu Priest| 1994 – January 1999 Shri Radha Krishna Mandir, Ba, Fiji

Head Priest| 1982 - 1994 Jalaram Mandir, Karelibaug, Vadodara, India

I'm Pandit Govind Prasad Sharma

Position: Priests of Bharatiya Mandir


I am Pandit Govind Prasad Sharma. I born and bought up in India in a religious Hindu(Brahmin) Family. My grand fore fathers were also Pandit and I have been serving and organising religious Hindu puja for last 30 years. I worked as Pandit in India for 29 years and I have been serving in Indian temple, Sandringham, Auckland for last 6 years. I have diploma in Birasat from Hindi Sahitaya Samelan, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India. I also studied astrology from Sanskrit Vidyalaya, India.

I am polylingual, and I can speak Hindi, Fijian, Punjabi, Gujrati, Haryanvi, Rajasthani, Bihari and English.

I have organised many big events in Indian temple, Sandringham such as Karava Chauth, Krishna Janmasthmi, Maha shiv ratri, Ram nomi, Human Jayanti, Ganesh chaurththi, Navratri utsav, Anukuth Puja, Diwali and other big festivals of Hindu religion. I have achieved many recognition awards from Indian temple Management. I also got recognition award in Diwali Mela 2017.

I believe Puja and Havan keeps the mind and soul of a human being pious and controlled. Hindu religion is one of the oldest religion. Hindu beliefs include the four Puruṣārthas, the proper goals or aims of human life, namely Dharma (ethics/duties), Artha (prosperity/work), Kama (desires/passions) and Moksha (liberation/freedom/salvation); karma (action, intent and consequences), Saṃsāra (cycle of rebirth).

Professional Experience

I have experience in all types of pooja such as:
  • Shri Satya Narayan Puja
  • Durga Puja
  • Shiv Rudrabhishek
  • Shri Ganesh Puja
  • Shri Hanuman Puja
  • Graha Puja
  • Ganesh Honam
  • Sarasvati Puja
  • Navgraha Honam
  • Astha Chiranjiv Honam
  • Nakshatra Santi Puja
  • Namkaran Sanskar
  • Pitru Puja
  • Annaprashan Puja
  • Hanumanrot Puja
  • Yagnopavit Sanskar
  • Small Puja & Havan
  • Sunderkand Path (Sangeetmaye)
  • Shri Ram charitra manas katha
  • Bhagwat Katha
I also organise wedding. I have conducted wedding puja many times in New Zealand. For any Puja, Havan or Wedding feel free to contact me at 02108408235.