The Vedanta Society of Arkansas, Little Rock, established in 1989 by a few families, has provided a platform for social, cultural, and spiritual activities for the Indian community in greater Little Rock and Central Arkansas. Since its inception, this organization has cultivated a spirit of confidence and self-respect for oneself and respect for others irrespective of color, creed, race, and religion.
Various religious activities including monthly prayer and bhajan sessions, various Indian festivals (Vaikuntha Ekadashi,Makar Sakranti, Pongal, Maha Shivratri, Ram Navmi, Samuhik Satya Narayan pooja on Guru Poornima, Krishna-janmashtami, Ganesh chaturthi, Durga-ashtami, Vijaya-dashmi, Deepawali Lakshmi Pooja, Dhanur masam poojas and Goda Kalyanam) are celebrated at Vedanta Cultural Center. In addition, VSA provides various religious services conducted by our scholarly priest at devotees’ homes.
VSA shares Indian culture with the community by organizing and celebrating ‘Holi– The Festival of Colors’ in March/April and ‘Diwali–The festival of Lights’ in October/November every year. Children also learn and present various aspects of Indian culture in the form of dance, drama, posters, short talks, music during weekly classes, pooja get-togethers, and at Diwali celebrations.
In addition to cultural and religious activities, VSA has been involved in charitable work and in many fundraising efforts for local, national and international organizations.