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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October 2018

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  • Reading: Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
  • Video: Ramayana
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  • Spiritual Talk: The Practice of Contentment
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  • Reading: Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
  • Video: Ramayana
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  • Spiritual Talk: The Headless Horseman
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  • Sandi Puja
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  • DURGA PUJA
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  • Spiritual Talk: Mother Worship
  • Class: Nectar of Supreme Knowledge
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  • Reading: Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
  • Video: Ramayana
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  • Spiritual Talk: Conscious Living
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And perfect for this holy season of the Divine Mother, here is David Nelson (Devadatta Kali's) talk on "Shakti: Myth and Meaning." www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ya_8C2T0kns&feature=youtu.beA talk given at the Santa Barbara Vedanta Temple on September 16, 2018. ... See MoreSee Less

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And here is Swami Vimokshananda's wonderful evening talk on "Seeing the Personal God Within." www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcOkw1nRJ0I&feature=youtu.beA talk given at the Santa Barbara Vedanta Temple on September 29, 2018. ... See MoreSee Less

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Vedanta Society Santa Barbara

We had such a wonderful time with Swamis Vimokshananda, the head of our new Vedanta Society in Dublin, Ireland and Swami Sarvadevananda. What a great pleasure it was to have them here together and Swami VImokshananda's talk was truly inspired. ... See MoreSee Less

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Here is Pravrajika Vrajaprana's talk on "Living the Gita" www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LAWCPklvPQ&feature=youtu.beA talk given at the Santa Barbara Vedanta Temple on September 9, 2018. ... See MoreSee Less

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And here is a photo from the potluck that we had with Swami Purnatmananda, with Swami Harinamananda pulling off the selfie, Krishnaprana and Vrajaprana further back along with Dr Debiprasad Nayak and Mark. ... See MoreSee Less

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