Santa Barbara Temple

Quietly nestled against a scenic mountain range, the Vedanta center in Santa Barbara overlooks the Pacific ocean. A convent of four 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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July 2018

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
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  • Spiritual Talk: Live Life To Death
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  • Spiritual Talk: Two Steps to the Not-Two
  • Potluck Supper
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  • Reading: Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
  • Video: Ramayana
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  • Spiritual Talk: Do Your Dharma
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  • Class: Nectar of Supreme Knowledge
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  • Spiritual Talk: Guru and Mantra
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  • Spiritual Talk: The Way to Forming and Reforming Habits
  • Potluck Supper
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  • Spiritual Talk: Living Pilgrim
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  • Reading: Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
  • Video: Ramayana
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  • Spiritual Talk: True Faith
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And here is Swami Kripamayananda's lecture on "Does Place Matter in Spiritual Life?" youtu.be/3j9licnrHMg.A talk given at the Santa Barbara Vedanta Temple on June 30, 2018. ... See MoreSee Less

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We had a WONDERFUL time with Swami Nirmalatmananda, our Swami in Brazil, yesterday. He gave a terrific talk in the temple and everyone enjoyed his company at the potluck. Wish he could have stayed longer! Hope he comes back soon. Brazil has a real treasure in him. ... See MoreSee Less

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And while you're waiting for that video of Swami Sarvapriyananda to eventually get published here, you can listen to this while you're drumming your fingers in impatience.....https://youtu.be/oc_sQDZKd7MA talk given at the Santa Barbara Vedanta Temple on June 24, 2018. ... See MoreSee Less

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Swami Sarvapriyananda, yes, you heard it right, SWAMI SARVAPRIYANANDA, will be here in Santa Barbara, Friday night, July 6th to give a 6:30 pm talk followed by a 7:30 potluck. This is the only talk he'll be giving in Santa Barbara and the only day he'll be here, so come here while you can! ... See MoreSee Less

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And the hits keep happening! Again, thanks to Bimal and Eric, here is Swami Atmavidyananda's talk on "Our Nonsense Organs" www.youtube.com/watch?v=ps82WAL4b1I.A talk given at the Santa Barbara Vedanta Temple on June 17, 2018. ... See MoreSee Less

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