Vedanta Center of Greater Washington Dc
Tax id (EIN)
Address3001 BEL PRE RD
SILVER SPRING, MD 20906
Arise, Awake! Dedicated to “One’s own liberation and the welfare of the world,” the Vedanta Center of Greater Washington, DC is a branch of the Ramakrishna Order of India. Though founded in 1997, its roots draw from Swami Vivekananda’s visits to the USA in the 1890s, and from the immemorial wisdom of the Upanishadic sages.
The Center was established in April 1997 as an extension of the Vedanta Society of Southern California under the leadership of Swami Swahananda and spiritual guidance of the Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, with headquarters at Belur Math, Howrah, West Bengal, India. The center is located on a beautiful five-acre parcel surrounded by woods. A modest brick house which came with the property served as the main center up until June of 2000, when the present building, consisting of a worship hall and residential section, was inaugurated. The brick house has been expanded, and now is a guest house for the center, with nine beds. A large temple with a basement and kitchen facilities, is under construction and should be completed by January 2012.
The Center welcomes all sincere seekers of truth who want to deepen their spiritual lives through the study of Vedanta and the teachings of Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi, and Swami Vivekananda. It is our hope that many friends and devotees will benefit from the holy atmosphere of the Center through participating in our various programs: Sunday lectures, weeknight classes, worship and meditation, karma yoga, and social service programs.
Our minister, the head of the Center, is Swami Sarvadevananda. Three monks are also in residence: Swamis Atmajnanananda, Brahmarupananda, and Mahayogananda.