“Sastriji promotes “Satyam Vada Dharmam Chara”, “Speak the truth and do your duty according to the Shastras”

Raju Bhai Dave (Shastriji)

Raju bhai Dave is a Brahmin and was born in the small village of Kathitak in Jamnagar district, India. At the tender age of twelve, young Rajubhai left home to gain further knowledge in Sanskrit and the Hindu religion in Sandipani Vidyaniketan in Porbandar. In 1992 he obtained his status as Acharya . Sandipani is founded and inspired by Sant Shree Rameshbhai Oza, also known as PP Bhaishree.

Rajubhai studied there and qualified with a Master’s Degree Sanskrit. The young Shastriji has also worked closely with Pujya Bhaishri, served at the Hari Mandir in Porbandar, and is fully trained in all Hindu religious activities that would traditionally take place at a Mandir. Rajubhai took part in Bhaishree Kathas offering his service to Bhaishree in India and overseas. Bhaishri himself chose Rajubhai to come and serve at our Mandir.

Shastriji arrived in the UK for the first time on 15 June 2015. He will be with us for two years. He had a short handover period working with and receiving training from Bharatbhai Shastriji and very quickly he took charge of running the Mandir.

He is looking after the Bhagwans (Deities) on a full-time basis. Ensuring that the Deities are all well looked after is not an easy task and Shastriji is kept busy from 8 a.m. till 1p.m. and then again from 5pm until the temple closes at 8 p.m. in winter and 9 p.m. in summer. He conducts Aartis three times a day at 10 a.m., noon, and 7 p.m. and on special ceremonies as required. He conducts pujas, other religious ceremonies too, including weddings.

Rajubhai Shastriji requests all members and devotees to come to the temple for Darshan of the beautiful Bhagwans and to take active part in religious events and give Seva. Shastriji also teaches the basis aspects of our religion on Saturday mornings to the children attending Gujarati classes. Also he will be teaching Hindi to one student.

The people of Crawley warmly welcome Shastriji and look forward to learning more from his very vast and deep knowledge of the Hindu scriptures and culture. We are also excited that we will enjoy the many festivals throughout the year in his company.

Shastriji is available to conduct Hindu religious ceremonies, such as Satyanaryan Katha, yagna and havan, between 1-5pm. For further information, please contact:
Rajubhai Shastriji : 01293 530105 Mobile : 07459 208505