About the Temple

In 2001, long-time students of Bābā Hari Dāss returned from India with a beautiful Hanumān murti. When Bābāji saw the statue, he wrote on his board, “It needs a Temple.” He promptly walked to the Center’s rustic ceremonial site, scratched out a location for the Temple with his foot and the digging began. The Prāna Pratishṭa ceremony, “establishing the breath” within the sacred image, was performed in 2003.

Bābā Hari Dāss

Bābā Hari Dāss was a silent monk from the Kumaon region of northern India. He stopped speaking in 1952 and communicated by writing on a small chalkboard. The practice of silence is a yogic discipline, which quiets the mind and develops inner peace.

Bābāji lived in the United States for over forty years, coming several days a week to the Mount Madonna Center, founded by his students in 1978. Through his practice of selfless service or Karma Yoga, he helped to build and maintain the Center as well as develop the Temple complex.

Mount Madonna Center

Mount Madonna Center, where the Temple is located, is an intentional community established in 1978, which has about 80 residents who are all volunteers. It is also home to a retreat and conference center hosting programs in yoga, spiritual development, and wellness, as well as personal retreats and daily yoga classes. It is also the site of Mount Madonna School, a fully accredited K-12 private school with some 200 children, and the Mount Madonna Institute, a post-secondary college offering degrees in Yoga, Ayurveda and Community Studies.

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Plan Your Visit

Reservations are required on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.

Monday, Feb 24th 9:37pm – 9:37pm
Tuesday, Feb 25th 9:37pm – 9:37pm
Wednesday, Feb 26th 9:37pm – 9:37pm
Thursday, Feb 27th 9:37pm – 9:37pm
Friday, Feb 28th 9:37pm – 9:37pm
Saturday, Feb 29th 9:37pm – 9:37pm
Sunday, Mar 1st 9:37pm – 9:37pm
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Ārati is a devotional service offered to one's chosen form of God. The service is performed at Gaṇesh Temple and Hanumān Temple twice daily. 

During the ceremony a light is waved around the deity in a figure Om. The light symbolizes knowledge, which the deity posesses. A bell is rung throughout ārati; its sound represents nāda. Water, a symbol of divine nectar, is offered to wash the deity's feet; it is also offered to the deity to drink. At the end, songs honoring the deity are sung.

Ārati is performed daily at 6:30am and 6:00pm

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, Mar 3rd
Tuesday, Apr 7th
Hanuman Jayanti
Tuesday, May 5th
Tuesday, Jun 2nd
Saturday, Jul 4th
Guru Purmina
Tuesday, Jul 28th
Tuesday, Sep 1st
Tuesday, Sep 29th
Tuesday, Oct 27th

Activities at Mount Madonna Center

Anjaneya's World Café

Refresh your spirit with espresso, coffee, chai, cold beverages, organic snacks, music and conversations from around the world. Located next to the Community Building.

Oceanview Bookstore

Metaphysical books, relaxing music, shawls, meditation aids, statuary, clothing, Yoga supplies, jewelry, and much more. Drop in and take a look!

Yoga Programs

At the heart of Mount Madonna is the study, practice and teaching of Yoga and Ayurveda These programs are designed to promote self-understanding and transformation.

Mt. Madonna County Park

Mt. Madonna County Park is one mile from the center and offers picnic tables and hiking. Please note that you must pay the park's $6 entry fee at the park entry station to use the facilities.

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