Born in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, India he studied under his father, Shri G. Krishnamurthy Ghanapathigal, (alias Sri G. Babu Sastrigal) and Shri Neelakanth Vaishampayan, Baroda. He completed Krishna Yajur Veda, up to Padam level. Also studied Sanskrit from Shri Venkatachala Shastri (professor-Madras Sanskrit College). Pandit-ji also had the opportunity of studying directly from His Holiness Shri Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal of Kanchi Kamakoti Mutt, Kanchipuram, India. Besides this, he has studied B.Com, IRPM, and Post Graduate Diploma in Counseling in Australia. And prior to taking up paurohitya full-time he worked as an Executive Pers. &HR with Larsen & Toubro Limited, Jamshedpur and Baroda, India for 22 years. Venkatraman-ji worked with Ekkavan Shakti Peeta, Shri Kamakshi Temple, Ambaji, Gujarat, India for 4 years before coming to Australia in November 2007, he served as a Priest with Shri Shiva Mandir Ltd. Minto until 2013. Currently he serves the community as a purohit in Sydney and other parts of Australia.
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