The Veerashaiva Samaja of North America (VSNA) is a non-profit, tax-exempt, charitable, spiritual organization (US Tax Exempt ID# 51-0245255) in the USA & Canada, dedicated to the preservation, protection, and propagation of way of life depicted by Basaveshwara and his contemporaries.
Veerashaiva Samaja of North America (VSNA) was founded in 1978 by Asian Indian immigrants of USA and Canada. Started off on a small scale, VSNA now has 21 chapters spread across USA and Canada and includes 285 life-members and 2000 families who participate in local chapter activities. The VSNA’s mission is succinctly stated in its preamble to its constitution. VSNA operates in the framework of its constitution which was framed in 1979 and amended from time to time. At its central level, the organization operates via two major branches – the Board of Directors (BoD) and the Board of Regents (BoR). VSNA consists of 21 local chapters where most activities occur. The chapter members participate in year-round programs with activities comprising of vachana recitals, spiritual disclosures, performing istalinga-puja, performing kayaka and dasoha (charity work), and conduct Anubhava Gosti. The Central VSNA also organizes an annual convention where more than 600 members gather to celebrate and learn the philosophy of Basaveshwara and contemporary sharanas.