The Veerashaiva Samaja of Michigan, commonly known as “the Detroit Chapter” of VSNA, was established in 1980 by the Veerashaiva Samaja of North America (VSNA). The late Dr. Shivappa Hulbanni of Michigan, Dr. Gangadhar Kori of Virginia and others founded this organization. Recently, in 1998, Mr. Gadigeppa Doddamani incorporated the Detroit Chapter in Michigan with appropriate Bylaws.
The Detroit Chapter is like a big family. The chapter has fostered kinship and kindred feeling among all Veerashaivas in the Detroit area. During the last 20 years the chapter has conducted several spiritual lectures, religious services and discourses with the help of visiting scholars and Swamijis from India. Most of the Swamijis of Karnataka visited the Detroit Chapter more than once and performed puja and pravachanas in individual homes. The spirit of the chapter is strong every year with the new younger people joining the chapter.
The Detroit Chapter is involved in many activities at regular intervals. Members’ main focus is to educate the young Veerashaivas of their religious heritage by doing Istalinga puja, reading and interpreting Vachanas, educating them about the life and work of the 12th century devotees, explaining Hindu festivals and discussing the similarities and differences in Veerashaivism and other religions.
The Detroit Chapter is one of the best chapters in VSNA. The chapter is unique for its unity, generosity and active roll in VSNA. It hosted three Annual Conventions in 1982, 1989 and 1997. Two members namely the late Dr. Shivappa Hulbanni and Mr. Gadigeppa Doddamani were elected presidents of VSNA. The top two donors for the VSNA Convention Trust Fund, Mr. Bhimashankar Dhake and Mr. Naga Manohar, are from the Detroit Chapter as well.