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.

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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September 2017

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  • Reading: Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
  • Video: Mahabharata
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  • Spiritual Talk: "The Law of Justice" w/ Swami Vedarupananda
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  • Reading: Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
  • Video: Mahabharata
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  • Spiritual Talk: "Birth, Rebirth and No Birth" w/ Swami Mahayogananda
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  • Karma Yoga Day
  • Reading: Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
  • Video: Mahabharata
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  • Spiritual Talk: "Working Hard / Hardly Working" w/ Pravrajika Vrajaprana
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  • Saturday Class : "Nectar of Supreme Knowledge" w/ Swami Sarvadevananda
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  • Spiritual Talk: "Nitya and Lila" w/ Swami Sarvadevananda
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  • Sandhi Puja
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  • Durga Puja

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Bimal took this lovely photo of the bookstore from the perspective of the temple bell. ... See MoreSee Less

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And some more photos from Karma Yoga Day! ... See MoreSee Less

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We had SUCH a totally great, productive and intensely fun Karma Yoga Day last Saturday (Sept 16th). Everyone's seva made a huge difference and we had fun being in each others' company. Here are some photos of the day: ... See MoreSee Less

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Happy Mahalaya! Mother is coming down from the mountain and tomorrow is the first day of Navaratri, where we do extra japa for 10 days. Joyful time of celebration! ... See MoreSee Less

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We're happy to have this Sunday Swami Dhyanayogananda from our Trabuco monastery speaking on "Mindful Worship." Here's a photo Bimal took from his last lecture here "You Reap What You Sow." ... See MoreSee Less

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