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.

REACHING US:

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

Hours:

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

Bookstore:

Fri–Sat 11:00am to 5:00pm

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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Talks given in Santa Barbara

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