SHARANYA is a unique 501(c)(3) religious organization and Devi Mandir (goddess temple) evolving Śākta Tantra from ancient roots to serve those who seek to know the Divine beyond the boundaries of geography and religious dogma. With an authentic lineage in embodied, goddess-centered tradition as birthed in northeastern India and contextualized for today, ours is path of strengthening oneself to employ spiritual technologies in service to personal transformation and social justice. Our tradition is called Sha'can.
Our vision is of a harmonious global community where our inherent divinity—the essence of female, male, and that which lies between and around—is welcomed, balanced, sustained, honored, and celebrated as quintessential to creation. Through open hearts, surrendered egos, willingness, and a deep commitment, we create a compassionate and strong, safe space to engage spirituality that brings Devi, Goddess, home to each one of us.
The word SHARANYA is from Sanskrit, the ancient language of India, and means "refuge" or "sanctuary." Founded on August 2, 1998 by a scholar and activist, this public charity (EIN: 94-3334334) received federal tax-exempt status in February 2002 in order to support a local and international community through a variety of programs and services.
Our community is open to all seeking to better understand the ways of Goddess—particularly in her antinomian, chthonic, relational, cyclical, and embodied forms. In our community:
We seek to know Her throughout the spaces of Self and World
We dedicate ourselves to Her devotion.
We make a commitment to action and service for the betterment of all beings
We embrace the work of conscious relationship and own a strong commitment to compassion.
We strive to resacralize the Feminine/Female and unpathologize the Masculine/Male.