Santa Barbara Temple

Important announcement: Due to the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases in the county, in-person temple services are temporarily suspended.

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 from 11 am–5 pm. Covid-19 protocols include requiring masks, sanitizing hands and surfaces, and observing safe social distancing.

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.

Contact Information

Hours:

Due to Santa Barbara County’s recent change in status, the temple will be temporarily closed again. We will continue streaming classes and talks on Zoom and YouTube. Please stay safe, and keep in touch.

Bookstore:

Friday and Saturday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

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

View weekly events

November 2020

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
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  • Sunday Lecture: "The Meaning of Life" - Swami Satyamayandanda
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  • Tea & Chat with Krishnaprana
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  • via Zoom*: Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
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  • Sunday Lecture: "Sri Ramakrisha and Kali" - Swami Mahayogananda
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  • Tea & Chat with Krishnaprana
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  • Sunday Lecture: "Let Nothing Frighten You" - Pravrajika Krishnaprana
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  • Tea & Chat with Krishnaprana
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  • via Zoom*: Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
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  • Sunday Lecture: "So I'm Supposed to be Thankful?" - Pravrajika Vrajaprana
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  • Tea & Chat with Krishnaprana
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  • via Zoom*: Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
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Talks given in Santa Barbara

Sadly, Santa Barbara County has moved back into Purple in the State's reopening plan, so the temple will be temporarily closed again.

You can still join our classes and talks digitally on Zoom and YouTube.

We have loved having some of you back and hope that everyone will stay safe, and stay in touch while California tries to flatten the curve again.
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