Spiritual Leaders

Meet the spiritual leaders of Amar Jyoti Mandir!


Pundit Neil Dev Persad

Pt Neil Dev Persad resides in Sunrise (Ft Lauderdale), Florida and has been serving the community for the past 30 years. Born in Debe, Trinidad, he attended the Tulsa Trace Hindu School , ASJA Boy's College and then migrated to Toronto, Canada to further his studies in the field of Computer Science. Pt Neil then migrated to South Florida and has made his home as well as a very strong influence on the community as a Musician, Singer, Leader and now a Hindu Priest. He holds a BSC in Computer Science and is currently completing his MBA. Pt Neil is also a recognized International musician and singer, having performed alongside very reputable figures such as Anup Jalota, Hari Om Sharan, Anuradha Paudwal and others. Pandit Ji was trained by his father the very highly respected Pt. Teacher Toolsie Persad of Ramai Trace in Debe, Trinidad. Pt Toolsie has been a practicing priest under the guidance of the late Pandit Rampersad Tewari of Debe (Darhey baba) for decades. Pt Neil is the founder and current President of the Divali Nagar Inc of South Florida and has been an avid proponent of Hindu Dharma and Culture across North America and the Caribbean. He is also the current Spiritual Leader of the Amar Jyoti Mandir (Miami’s 1st Hindu Mandir) , Florida. Recipient of many awards and recognition, Pt Ji strives on his inherited qualities of simplicity, humility, honesty and togetherness.