Vedanta Society Of Providence
The Vedanta Society Of Providence is a branch of the world-wide twin organization Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission. This twin organization was founded by Swami Vivekananda, the most illustrious disciple of Sri Ramakrishna. It has currently 12 branches and a few sub centers in USA.
This center is located in the heart of the city of Providence and in the neighborhood of Brown University.
Regular activities at this Center:
Daily prayers & meditation in the morning and evening in the Chapel
Weekly service on Sunday afternoon (5:00 PM)
Weekly classes on Tuesdays and Fridays (7:30 PM)
Birth-Anniversary celebrations of Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi, Swami Vivekananda and Sri Krishna
Celebrations of Durga Puja, Guru Purnima, Thanksgiving day, Christmas and New Year
Quarterly Spiritual Retreats.
Occasional Music Concerts
A small library of religious and philosophical books open to members
A Vedanta Book Store: Books/ CDs/ DVDs available for sale.
The Vedanta Society of Providence continued to offer the regular weekly programs besides augmenting them with occasional special retreats and talks by visiting Swamis from across the United States and the rest of the world. New programs like the daily morning and evening meditations, guided meditations on Saturdays, and special programs like the weekend residential retreats attract many interested participants. Many devotees attend the special worship days on the occasions of the birth anniversaries of Sri Ramakrishna, Holy Mother, and Swami Vivekananda, Durga Puja and Guru Purnima. The Center also has hosted many classical Indian and western music concerts with musicians of all hues.
Swami Yogatmananda is routinely invited to speak at local colleges and serves Chaplain at both Brown University and the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. Each year, Universal Brotherhood Day is celebrated at the Providence Center, bringing together local clergy from many different religious paths to share their perspectives with the broader community.
New Shrine-Chapel building (2010s)
The need for a larger Chapel was increasingly felt during some of these activities that had a very large attendance. Plans to begin new programs also necessitated such an expansion. With generous support and help from the devotees, a new Shrine-Chapel with a few residential guest rooms was built after the demolition of 221 building that was serving as women’s guest house. After the finalization of the design involving changes and approvals from various authorities spanning two years, the ground-breaking ceremony for this new building was held on October 15, 2010 and the construction itself began on December 17, 2010 and continued up to April 2012.