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SVA is dedicated to offering immersive experiences through the arts and living culture of the Bhakti tradition.

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“Our Gaudiya Vedanta Outreach Center in Hollywood, Florida, in operation for just over a year, has seen amazing success.”

EARLY BEGINNINGS: 1960S NEW YORK CITY

The story of Sacred Vedic Arts truly begins 57 years ago, when a humble Indian Swami, Srila Prabhupada, first set foot on American soil. After an arduous voyage on a cargo vessel, he arrived in what was likely the polar opposite setting of all he could find: swinging 1960s New York City, full of noise, traffic, and the sounds and sights of a youth scene rapidly disenchanted with the societal status quo.

It was in this milieu that SVA’s founder {??}, Syamarani Didi, first encountered Srila Prabhupada, under a now-famous tree in Tompkins Square Park in the East Village. Soon after, she started studying under the Swami, who learned she was an art student. Thus began the spark of a life of devotional art in what would soon explode into national consciousness as the “Hare Krishna movement.”

A WORLDWIDE CULTURAL EXPLOSION

On Prabhupada’s request and under his guidance, Didi began painting for his new temples and Vedic wisdom books he was translating and publishing at rapid speed. Over the ensuing decades, the movement grew to millions of followers across every continent of the world, bringing profound relief and joy to spiritual seekers from all walks of life. And through these temples and books, millions would come to appreciate the devotional images Didi created to honor Prabhupada and his spiritual lineage.

In 1992, Syamarani met Prabhupada’s dear friend Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja. Under his guidance, she began painting more windows to the spiritual world for his own literature translations and commentaries and traveling the world to share the Vedic teachings.

ARRIVAL IN SOUTH FLORIDA

Didi’s nonstop world touring continued until 2021. That is when, at age 77, she settled in South Florida, a climate conducive to her health and art. Her doctors recommended she settle in the tropical climate.

With the help of many well-wishers and devoted students and practitioners, she founded an educational community center, art gallery, temple, and women’s monastery in Hollywood, Florida, named Gaudiya Vedanta Outreach, or GVO.

Over two years in Hollywood, GVO distributed thousands of spiritual publications and copies of Didi’s art, nearly fifteen thousand plates of sanctified food, welcomed over two thousand guests, and taught over five hundred classes on the benefits of mantra meditation, non-violence, and devotion.

SACRED VEDIC ARTS: THE NEXT PHASE OF OUR VISION

In August 2023, the center moved to Miami’s Buena Vista neighborhood and became Sacred Vedic Arts, the next step in Didi’s nearly six decades as an artist.

Our current location is just a stepping-stone, however towards a larger vision: a permanent museum, temple and ashram cultural center, and eco-village in the Miami area.

We’d love to have you join us as we make that dream a reality.

Our Vision

A Permanent Home For Sacred Vedic Arts In Miami

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“Our Gaudiya Vedanta Outreach Center in Hollywood, Florida, in operation for just over a year, has seen amazing success.”

Our current location in Buena Vista is a stepping-stone to a larger vision: a permanent, multi-acre location in Miami. The centerpiece of our vision is the Sacred Vedic Arts museum, housing the collected works of Srimati Syamarani Dasi, as well as important works by other Vaishnav artists.

Our plans also include a larger Bhakti-yoga temple and ashram, as well as an eco-village and agricultural project showcasing sustainable farming.

Find out how you can become part of that vision.