A.V. Srinivasan, Ph.D.
(Author, How to Conduct Puja to Shiva)
9.15 – Shiva the Destroyer (9.2.16)
Dr. Amrutur Venkatachar Srinivasan, has functioned as a Hindu priest for four decades performing Hindu weddings, worships, housewarmings, and bhajans or kirtans. He has written extensively on Hinduism. Dr. Srinivasan’s most recent publication is Planet Worship: The Hindu Way; Navagrahas (2017), The Bhagavad Gita: A Thread through the Eighteen Gems (2016; Note the reviews: “Srinivasan’s commentary is itself a gem. It combines an accessible easy style of writing with a rigorous translation. It can serve both as a guide for beginners and a springboard for conversation and reflection for advanced practitioners.” (Professor Jeffrey Long) and ‘This is a brilliant book, …” (Professor Subhash Kak.). His book A Hindu Primer: Yaksha Prashna received a Silver Award by the IBPA (Independent Book Publishers Assn.) October 2016. His other publications include Hinduism for Dummies (2011; visit http://www.avsrinivasan.com, and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tfJbxmBMYo), The Vedic Wedding: Origins, Tradition and Practice, a widely acclaimed treatise which won the USA Book News 2007 Best Book Award in the category of Eastern Religions (see about 60 reviews on Amazon posted on his site http://www.avsrinivasan.com).
With a contemporary format for Vedic (Hindu) weddings which retains all essential Vedic rites in an hour long ceremony, he has blended this approach with those of other creeds in many interfaith weddings. In addition, he has published a series of booklets on How to Conduct Puja to ….. providing simple set of instructions to perform a worship ceremony to Soorya (Sun god), Shiva, Rama, Krishna, Ganapati, Durga, Lakshmi, Saraswati and the Navagrahas (nine planets).
A popular writer and speaker, Dr. Srinivasan has published/presented numerous papers on a variety of cultural, social and religious issues in the U.S. and India. He has given courses on the classical literature of India at the University of Connecticut and Wesleyan University. Principal founder member of the Connecticut Valley Hindu Temple Society in 1979, he also founded the Raga Club of Connecticut in 2006. 
How to Conduct Puja to Shiva
Manual for the performance of a Hindu ceremony of worship.