On Friday, February 26, 2021 at 06:00 PM

Namaste Devotees,

This month Poornima falls on Friday, February 26, 2021. 

We will be performing Samuhika Satyanarayana Pooja virtually on Friday, February 26, 2021 at 6 PM. Please find details below. 

1) Our Priest will conduct the Pooja in front of the camera and it will be live streamed to those who have signed up

2) Those who wish to participate will set up the Kalasha and make other preparations in their own home (we will send out instructions)

3) The priests will provide instructions on what to do and the participants will follow the instructions in the sanctuary of their own home (Please do not come to the temple)

4) To participate please use the “Sankalpa form” (link below) and there will be charge of $51.00, which you can pay using link given below. 

5)    Those who have signed up for community Satyanarayana Pooja the whole year will just need to fill up the basic details in the Sankalpa form and not have to pay again.  Please choose the option that you have paid for the year when you submit the form.

6) The link for the live streaming and the details for the preparations, will be only be sent to those who have signed up by the time given below.  So please make sure that your email address is provided as instructions will be sent by email. 

CLICK HERE for Sankalpa form & CLICK HERE to pay for the pooja. 

CLICK HERE to contribute for the day to day activities of your Temple.

Please sign up before 10 AM Arizona Time, on Friday (2/26/2021).  We need to have a count of those who will participate and want to make sure we are able to manage the process and send out the details.


Sri Krishna Smaranam,

Kiran Rao (Priest)
SVK Temple



SVK Temple 2021 Calendar 

Dear devotees,

We are pleased to announce the availability of 2021 Calendar listing festivals as per Arizona time at SVK Temple. Due to COVID, we are planning to mail them to devotees home.

Please Click Here to place a request for the Calendar to be sent. 

A general Donation to the temple of any amount is appreciated. Please

A general Donation to the temple of any amount is appreciated. Please Click Here to Donate.

Sri Krishna Smaranam
SVK Temple 

Sri Krishna Smaranam

SVK Temple 

Temporary Closure of the Temple till further notice

Namaste Devotees,

As you all are aware there is an increasing number of positive Covid-19 cases in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona. In view of this situation we in SVK Temple are taking necessary steps to safeguard the health of devotees and temple priests. In light of the existing situation we have decided to close Temple starting Saturday, December 19, 2020 until further notice. During this time there will be no public access to the Temple. We will continue to conduct essential Poojas and Homas by appointment only. We will also support devotees with essential Poojas virtually. 

During this period we will have virtual Dharshana from 06:00 to 07:30 pm everyday. Devotees are encouraged to avail of this facility.

* Please use the following link for Virtual Darshana and online pooja - Click Here

We do understand the inconvenience this will cause to the devotees. However, the health of devotees and temple authorities is paramount. We do hope this situation is short lived and look forward to opening of Temple soon. We request devotees to continue to support us during this difficult times by sponsoring virtual Poojas (details below). 

To Sponsor online pooja:

Devotees can sponsor poojas online following the links below, we will perform it for you in your absence. 

     Archana - Click Here

     Rudrabisheka (Monday) - Click Here

     Venkateshwara Abisheka (Saturday) - Click Here

* Please Click Here to fill out Sankalpa details. 

Special request: Please do not put pressure on us to open the Temple for Darshana, as this is for everyone's benefit.

Vaikunta Ekadashi falls on 25th December this year. We will keep you posted on plans for Vaikunta Ekadashi shortly.

Thanks for understanding the situation and look forward to your continued support spiritually and financially for Temple activities. Any question please contact us.

Sri Krishna Smaranam

Dhanur Maasa Pooja

Dear Devotees,

December 15th to January 14th of every calendar year is known as Dhanur Maasam. This is a time when the days are short and the chill in the air makes you crave for something hot, spicy and yet nutritious. This craving is not only limited to human beings but also extends to our divine deities. Therefore it is at this time that we make Pongal also known as Huggi.

Lord Sri Krishna said, I am here to bless all my devotees at sunrise so that you may all get the blessings of Arunodaya (Sunrise).

Praying to Lord at sunrise is an unique feature of this month. With blessings of His Holiness 1008 Sri Sri Sugunendra Theertha Swamiji, Udupi Sri Puthige Matha, Sri Venkata Krishna Kshetra will be conducting Dhanur Maasa poojas for the benefit of all devotees. Every morning we will be performing special pooja before sunrise followed by Prasadam.

The Sun moves from Dhanur Rashi to Makara Rashi on January 14th and this month is very auspicious as it culminates in the festival of Makara Sankranti. This holy day marks the commencement of the Sun's northern course in the Heavens, known as Uttarayana patha. This turn in Sun's course takes place at the point of time when it enters the sign of Makara or Capricorn. Interestingly, this is the only festival in Hindu calendar that follows a solar calendar and is celebrated on the 14th of January every year (all other Hindu festivals are computed using the lunar calendar).

Devotees are invited to sponsor the Pooja in their/family's name. The sponsorship is as follows:

    All 30 Days  $501.00

    Single Day  $ 51.00

Please Click Here to sponsor online.  

Please Click Here to fill out the Sankalpa sheet. 

Devotees who wish to send checks, please make checks payable to SRCF

Mailing Address:

Sri VenkataKrishna Kshetra

615 S Beck Ave

Tempe, AZ 85281


Devotees are requested to participate in this Pooja and obtain the blessings of the Lord.  

~Sri Krishna Smaranam

Kiran Kumar Rao

Cheif Priest

SVK Temple

Shashwata Samvatsara Seva

Dear Devotees,

Our Sri Venkata Krishna Kshetra (SVK) Temple, part of the Sujnana Religious & Charitable Foundation (SRCF) has been meeting the religious and cultural needs of the Hindu Community in the Phoenix Metro area since 2000. We are the temple of choice for many and have maintained our tradition of Annadana (free Maha Prasadam) from the beginning.

The year 2020 turned out to be a unique year. With Covid-19 pandemic the entire landscape changed with religious places not able to have the congregation of devotees. Every unique situation demands a unique solution. The Temple continued to support devotees religious needs through virtual programs and in-person at homes per guidelines of state authorities. We had several virtual programs like Kalyanotsava, Venkateshawara Abhisheka, Rudra Abhisheka telecast virtually. SVK Temple continues to strive to perform activities for welfare of devotees during these times. You all have supported the Temple during these difficult times and we request your continued support.

New year 2021 is coming upon us soon in the next few weeks. We do hope that by the grace of Lord Sri Venkateshwara the pandemic is behind us and we all can resume normal activities. However, till such time we need to continue to exercise caution by following all the recommended health guidelines. We request devotees to avail of annual seva opportunities. Devotee donations continue to be one of the main sources of income for the Temple. We do generate funds from Archanas and Homas, but this does not meet the expenses of such a large Temple for its day-to-day operations. We are sensitive to the current situation and do understand individual situations are different. We request your generous contributions towards "Shashwata Samvatsara Seva" to enable Temple to continue to offer Sevas. In turn you will have the benefit of a Seva offered in your name during the New Year.

** Sankalpa Form                    - Click Here
** Sponsorship Link               - Click Here

** To make a General Donation  - Click Here

or please send checks payable to "SRCF", Address - 615 S Beck Ave, Tempe AZ - 85281

We are a 501 (C) (3) organization and your donations are tax deductible. Please keep SVK Temple in your mind as you finalize your year-end taxes. SVK Temple is here for all your needs. Please contact us if you have any questions.



Kiran Kumar Rao

Chief Priest

SVK Temple



Tulsi plants available at our temple for a suggested minimum donation of $10. 

Devotees who wish to get the plants can pick up from the Temple. 


Tulsi plants available at our temple for a suggested minimum donation of $10. 

Devotees who wish to get the plants can pick up from the Temple. 

Sri Raghavendra Mantra Koti Japa Yajna 2020





With the blessings of Hari, Vayu, Gurugalu Prerane of Sri Ragahvendra Thirtharu we are undertaking the initiative of reciting Raghavendra Naama One Crore times (10,000,000 times) and offering it at the feet of Sri Raghavendra Guruvantargata, Bharatiramana Mukhya Praanantargata, Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Devaru  This initiative has the full blessings of Sri Sri Sugunendra Thirtha Swamiji of Udupi Puttige Mutt under the able guidance of Sri. Prasanna Acharyaru.

An initiative of this magnitude cannot be completed without the active participation of all devotees. We hereby request you all to chant the following Rayara Naama:

   - Men: Om Sri Raghavendraaya Namah Om

    - Ladies: Sri Raghavendraaya Namah

and update your count in the Google form we have set up for this purpose at the following link:


In this unique initiative being driven for the first time from USA, no amount is small. We request each and every devotee to chant the above Naama to the best of their abilities and update the number of times they have chanted. It is our goal to get this completed by (need to add a date). We look forward to your active participation in this effort and get the blessings of Hari, Vaayu and Gurugalu.

Loka Samastha Sukino Bhavantu. 

Sri Krishna Smaranam

Kiran Rao (Priest)

Face Masks are Mandatory in the Temple

Namaste Devotees

We have opened up the temple on a limited basis but are cognizant of the fact that Arizona is a hot spot for COVID-19. Hence we need to continue to take precautions and will continue the current arrangement for a little while more. We had mandated that all visitors to the temple should wear face face masks and most visitors abide by these rules. Unfortunately some don't.

The City of Tempe has mandated the use of masks in public. Given that the temple is open to public, visitors to the temple are required to wear masks. We request you to wear a mask. If not, you might be asked to leave, please do not make it difficult for the temple staff.  This simple activity will go a long way in containing the virus and getting the temple back to normal.  Again, please visit the temple only if you feel comfortable in doing so. Thank you.

Current Temple Hours:

Sunday & Monday     - 5 PM to 6 PM

Tuesday to Saturday - 5 PM to 7 PM

Saturday - 11 AM to 12 Noon - Senior citizens only

To Sponsor:

Archana - Click Here

Rudrabhisheka (Monday) - Click Here

Venkateshwara Abhisheka (Saturday) -  Click Here

* Please Click Here to fill out Sankalpa details. 

Humble Request

Please Help Your Temple

We hope you all are staying safe and following the CDC guidelines in these challenging times. As you are aware, in interest of the safety of our devotees, we made a decision to close the Temple to the public due to the Corona Virus (COVID-19).

The unintended consequence of this decision is that our revenues have taken a massive hit. Over 85% of our revenue comes from services in the temple or Poojas at home and this source has dried up. Similarly, donations from devotees visiting the temple has also stopped. We are now in a tremendous cash crunch and need to meet our mortgage expenses, utility bills etc. We need your generous donation like never before. Please also forward this to your friends who may not be on our mailing list as we need every bit of help we can get.  Every dollar counts.  And your donations are tax deductible.

You can make your donations online : CLICK HERE

or please send checks payable to "SRCF", Address - 615 S Beck Ave, Tempe AZ - 85281

Please help us. 

Sri Krishna Smaranam,

Kiran Rao (Priest)

SVK Temple

Senior Citizens Temple Visiting Time

Namaste Devotees,

Thank you for your cooperation and adherence to our rules during the times we were opened in the evening. We have received some requests and suggestions from senior citizens to visit the temple.  Till now we have advised senior citizens or those with health conditions to abstain from the temple for some time as a precautionary measure.  As an experimental measure, we will be open this Saturday (05/30) and Sunday (05/31) between 11 am and 12 noon for senior citizens only

Again please visit only if you feel able and comfortable in doing so. The temple cannot provide assurances of any sort. 

Please note the rules and conditions

      1. The temple will be open during these hours only for those who are 60 years of age and above.  (Saturday (05/30) and Sunday (05/31) between 11 am and 12 noon)
      2. One younger person who may have to drive the older folks can also enter if needed.  To the extent possible we suggest this should be limited.  Please do not bring your whole family or  others under the pretext of accompanying an elderly person/s.  We want to minimize exposure to the elderly, so bringing everyone would not be courteous or safe.
      3. All devotees should wear masks
      4. Please do not come if you are unwell or have a cold or cough.
      5. The expectation is that devotees will come, quietly pray and leave.  There will be no provision for devotees to sit down, chant or stay for more than a few minutes.  Please be prepared for that.
      6. Access is limited to only a few areas of the temple.  Please do not access to areas that are behind the cordon.
      7. No theertha prasada, fruits, badam etc.  will be given at this time.
      8. Once temple doors are closed, no one will be allowed inside the temple.
      9. If you need to wait, please wait in your cars and do not form groups or congregate in the parking lot.

If we find that discipline is being maintained, we may consider expanding the days the temple is open.

Thanks again for following the rules so far.