Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine

Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine

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In the wealthy Pacific Palisades neighborhood of Los Angeles, Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine is a 10 acre campus dedicated to natural and sacred life with a range of pop icons and the remains of Mahatma Gandhi.

The campus was established in 1950 by the famous yogi Paramahansa Yogananda, author of “Autobiography of Yoga”, who in the middle of the 20th century conveyed the doctrine of Eastern philosophy to innumerable Western people. In spite of the noisy surroundings, the holy shrine sits on an area of lush parks and a private pond, welcoming guests to step away from the rapid chaos of modern Los Angeles. Other buildings on the site include a windmill abandoned by former land owners, which was turned into a shrine; a memorial dedicated to several of the world’s major religions, including Christianity, Judaism, and Buddhism; and perhaps most noteworthy is the comparatively simple tomb of the Mahatma Gandhi temple, which in fact contains some of his remains.

The lake temple, run by the Self-Realization Fellowship, had some of the largest performances in 20th century pop music. It is said that the king, Elvis Presley, went to the sanctuary and became so fond of it that he formed a lifetime relationship with the Brotherhood president. Besides, the funeral of George Harrison, who loved the Brotherhood, was held on the temple’s territory.

Today, the church on the lake is still available to guests who want to move away from the smear and bustle of the city, so please take a walk around the area and realize that everything will be fine once you listen to the life-changing event.

Monday
  • Closed
Tuesday
  • Closed
Wednesday
  • 12–4PM
Thursday
  • 12–4PM
Friday
  • 12–4PM
Saturday
  • 12–4PM
Sunday
  • 12–4PM

Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine

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