Vedanta Center of St. Petersburg, Florida, USA

This centre, founded in 1959, was made a branch of Ramakrishna Math in 2006. Swami Ishtananda is its minister-in-charge.


  • A library and a book showroom.
  • Prayer, meditation and worship at the shrine.
  • Sunday service and weekday classes.
  • Spiritual retreats round the year.
  • A week-long summer retreat held annually at a state park in Tennessee situated in the Appalachian Forest Range of Roan Mountain.
  • Accommodating devotees visiting the center from distant places in two houses.
  • Special services on the birthdays of Sri Ramakrishna, Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda, and festivals like Durga Puja, Shivaratri, Easter, Christmas, etc.
  • Helping local homeless population round the year.
  • The Swami participated in interfaith meetings and paid visits to other cities of Florida and neighboring states on a regular basis to conduct spiritual classes and retreats.