Santa Barbara Temple

Quietly nestled against a scenic mountain range, the Vedanta center in Santa Barbara overlooks the Pacific ocean. A convent of five nuns oversees the maintenance of the 45-acre property, manages the bookstore and facilitates public activities at the temple. Activities include daily worship, meditation and vesper services, Sunday spiritual talks, scripture classes, and pujas (special worship services). The Society celebrates Durga Puja every year in the Santa Barbara temple.

Dedicated in 1956, the temple has received several awards for its design, and is a special point of interest for architects from around the world. The temple is open daily to the public.

REACHING US:

The temple is open and reachable. However, many GPS navigation systems, including Google Maps, can’t find the route. Damaged bridges leave only one route to the temple, via Ortega Hill Road to Ortega Ridge Road.

You can reach the temple following these directions:

101 N: Take exit 91, Evans Avenue. Turn left on Ortega Hill Road, then right on Ortega Ridge Road. Follow it to its end at Rt. 192, E. Valley Road. Take a right on E. Valley, and the third left is Ladera Lane.

101 S: Take exit 92, Sheffield Drive. Turn right on N. Jameson Lane, right on Ortega Hill Road, then a left on Ortega Ridge Road. Follow it to its end at Rt. 192, E. Valley Road. Take a right on E. Valley, and the third left is Ladera Lane.

THE ONLY WAY TO REACH THE TEMPLE IS VIA THIS ROUTE
ORTEGA HILL ROAD TO ORTEGA RIDGE ROAD

Other routes have bridges out and are impassable.

Contact Information

Hours:

6:30am to 7:00pm daily

Puja (Worship) Noon daily

Arati (Vespers) 6:00pm daily

Bookstore:

Mon-Sat 11:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday 10:00am to 1:00pm
Closed Wednesdays

925 Ladera Lane
Santa Barbara, CA 93108
Phone: (805) 969-5697
Email: sbbooks@vedanta.org

The Bookstore at the Vedanta Temple is located next to the temple. It is well-stocked with religious classics and hard-to-find books on the major religions of the world. The store also carries incense, religious statues, music and imported gifts.

Visit the Bookstore website at www.vedantabookstore.com

Calendar of Events

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August 2018

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  • Reading: Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
  • Video: Ramayana
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  • Spiritual Talk: Work With Detachment
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  • Reading: Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
  • Video: Ramayana
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  • Spiritual Talk: Krishna
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  • Spiritual Talk: Monasticism: Vivekananda's New Orientation
  • Potluck Supper
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  • Spiritual Talk: Vedanta and Biology: Evolution of Life
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  • Class: Nectar of Supreme Knowledge
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  • Spiritual Talk: Silence and Stillness
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  • Spiritual Talk: Vedanta and the Art of Editing
  • Potluck Supper

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Welcome to the Vedanta Temple! Come via Ortega Hill to Ortega Ridge Rds via Evans Ave or Sheffield. We’re here and it’s cool and lovely. ... See MoreSee Less

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Come join us tonight, Saturday night Aug 18th, at 6:30 pm for a talk by Swami Purnatmananda, a renowned speaker, who is the head of Swami Vivekananda's Ancestral Home in Kolkata. Then join us for the 7:30 potluck! ... See MoreSee Less

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Here is Swami Dhyanayogananda's talk on "True Faith." youtu.be/aj5ZnRSd5GcA talk given at the Santa Barbara Vedanta Temple on July 29, 2018. ... See MoreSee Less

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And here is Swami Sarvadevananda's lecture on "Guru and Mantra": youtu.be/blx5N2gZwUYA talk given at the Santa Barbara Vedanta Temple on July 15, 2018. ... See MoreSee Less

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Here is a very fine talk, and a practical one too, by Swami Nirmalatmananda, our swami n Brazil. youtu.be/z0LZ65gKfwAA talk given at the Santa Barbara Vedanta Temple on July 10, 2018. ... See MoreSee Less

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