Santa Barbara Temple

Important announcement: the Sunday services are suspended until further notice, in accordance with the directive issued by the California Department of Public Health. The temple is closed until further notice.

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 Friday and Saturday (closed 4th of July) from 11 am–5 pm observing covid-19 protocols including requiring masks, sanitizing hands and surfaces, and observing safe social distancing.


You can reach the bookstore following these directions:

From the 101: Take exit 92, Sheffield Drive. Turn right on N. Jameson Lane, then left on Sheffield Drive. Turn right on E. Valley Road, then left on Ladera Lane (after 1.3 miles). The temple will be on the left, halfway up the hill.

Contact Information


Temple is closed to public until pandemic restrictions are lifted.

When the temple re-opens, the hours of operation will be as follows:

6:30am to 7:00pm daily

Puja (Worship) Noon daily

Arati (Vespers) 6:00pm daily


Fri–Sat 11:00am to 5:00pm

925 Ladera Lane
Santa Barbara, CA 93108
Phone: (805) 969-5697

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

Calendar of Events

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July 2020

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  • via Zoom*: Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
  • Spiritual Talk via Zoom*: Belief, Faith, and Experience
  • via Zoom*: Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
  • via Zoom*: Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
  • Spiritual Talk via Zoom*: Balance in Chaos
  • via Zoom*: Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

Talks given in Santa Barbara

Tomorrow morning at the Santa Barbara temple, Sunday, July 5, at 11:00 am, Pravrajika Vrajaprana will give the spiritual talk "Belief, Faith, and Experience," which will be available on zoom. (Link, Meeting ID: 842 0105 9194 Password: 958853) ...

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Happy Guru Purnima day on July 5th! A blessed and sacred day to remember the guru who brought us to the feet of the Lord. ...

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Happy 4th of July! We celebrate the innate freedom of the soul on this glorious day. Swami Vivekananda was freed from his body on this day that he loved so much—see his poem on the Fourth of July below. And many of you know that the founder of our Vedanta Society of Southern California, Swami Prabhavananda, also chose to leave his body on this day. Enjoy this inspiring day, remembering that spiritually and socially much has to be done to attain the freedom we all seek.

Behold, the dark clouds melt away,
That gathered thick at night, and hung
So like a gloomy pall above the earth!
Before thy magic touch, the world
Awakes. The birds in chorus sing.
The flowers raise their star-like crowns —
Dew-set, and wave thee welcome fair.
The lakes are opening wide in love
Their hundred thousand lotus-eyes
To welcome thee, with all their depth.
All hail to thee, thou Lord of Light!
A welcome new to thee, today,
O Sun! Today thou sheddest Liberty!

Bethink thee how the world did wait,
And search for thee, through time and clime.
Some gave up home and love of friends,
And went in quest of thee, self-banished,
Through dreary oceans, through primeval forests,
Each step a struggle for their life or death;
Then came the day when work bore fruit,
And worship, love, and sacrifice,
Fulfilled, accepted, and complete.
Then thou, propitious, rose to shed
The light of Freedom on mankind.

Move on, O Lord, in thy resistless path!
Till thy high noon o’erspreads the world.
Till every land reflects thy light,
Till men and women, with uplifted head,
Behold their shackles broken, and
Know, in springing joy, their life renewed!

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