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. The activities of the temple will be shared digitally until further notice. Please check our upcoming events page for further information.

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 bookstore is open on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 11 am–5 pm, and Sunday from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. Due to Covid-19, we require masks inside the temple during classes and lectures.

REACHING US:

You can reach the bookstore following these directions:

From the 101: Take  The Summerland, San Ysidro or Olivemill exits to reach the temple and the bookstore at the Vedanta Temple. You may want to check the best route before your visit.

Contact Information

Hours:

M – SUN 6:30 am – 7:00 pm.

Wear your mask without vents over your nose and mouth at all times in the temple. We look forward to seeing you again.

We will continue streaming classes and talks on Zoom and YouTube.

Bookstore:

Bookstore Closed 12/24-12/26/2021 for Christmas and Mother’s Puja.

TH – SAT 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

SUN 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Masks without ventilators are required at all times.

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

January 2022

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1
  • Vespers and Kalpataru Reading
2
  • Sunday Talk: The Third Eye
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  • Sunday Talk: Mother's Grace
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  • Sunday Talk: Potholes of Life
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  • Sunday Talk: Life in the Afterworld
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25
  • Swamiji's Breakfast
  • Swami Vivekananda's Birthday
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  • The Bhagavad Gita - Swami Sarvadevananda
30
  • Sunday Talk: Vivekananda and his Karma Ideal
31

Talks given in Santa Barbara

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