Visiting the Temple
Reservations are required for day visitors arriving between 11 and 7 on Saturdays, between 4 and 7 on Sundays and between 11 and 7 on Major Holidays. People arriving without a reservation during these times will not be admitted to Mount Madonna Center.
Saturday is the busiest day of the week at the Temple, and parking is limited. If you plan to visit on a Saturday between 11am and 7pm, make a reservation here.
Sundays, the Center is only open between 4pm and 7pm. Reservations are required for visiting on Sundays.
Reservations are not required when visiting on non-holiday weekdays during our open hours.
Please pick up a brochure at the Gate House or Temple highlighting areas open to day visitors. The Temple is located within a private residential community, and many areas are reserved for private retreats and conferences.
Please help us to maintain an atmosphere of peace and contemplation. Many of Mount Madonna Center’s guests practice meditation and other spiritual disciplines for which quiet surroundings are important. Please avoid loud conversations and be sure that any children in your group are not left unattended.
Anjaneya’s World Café
Located within the Center property, the Café provides light snacks and refreshments.
For cafe hours, please visit the cafe page on the Mount Madonna Website.
Samosas are available at Anjaneya's World Cafe on Saturdays from 1pm - 6:30pm, and Sundays during open hours.
Honoring the Space
Most buildings and indoor areas surrounding the Temple are reserved for registered guests and residents of Mount Madonna Center. To register as an overnight guest on a personal retreat at the Mount Madonna Center, please visit www.mountmadonna.org/personal.
Aside from prasad offerings, outside food is strictly prohibited at Mount Madonna Center. Coffee, Chai and snacks are served in our café. If you wish to have a picnic, Mount Madonna County Park is one mile from the center and offers picnic tables. Please note that the park requires payment of an entrance fee to use their facilities which can be paid at the park entry station. Learn more at Mount Madonna County Park's website.
Meals at the Center
For those wishing to dine at the Center dining hall, limited reservations are available. (Please note that we do not make reservations for Sunday.) Please make a reservation at least one day in advance by speaking directly with a MMC receptionist at (408) 846-4065. Visitors who have a meal reservation must pay for their meal at the reception office in the Community Building before 5pm.
Meal times are as follows:
- Monday - Thursday
- Breakfast 8:15am, Lunch 12:30pm, Dinner 5:00pm
- Breakfast 8:15am, Lunch 12:30pm, Dinner 5:30pm
- Brunch 10:00am, Dinner 5:00pm
Samosas are available at Anjaneya's World Cafe on Saturdays from 1:00pm-6:30pm, and Sundays from 4:00pm-6:30pm
You are welcome to bring offerings to the Temple, and we ask that you respect the following guidelines:
- We do not take offerings of Sindoor because many commercial brands have been found to be toxic.
- Please no onion, garlic, or eggs.
- Organic produce and dairy is appreciated.
- No need to being utensils, bowls, plates, etc. The Temple staff will provide paper cups for distributing prasad.
On Saturdays, a pujari will be at the Temple throughout the day to give tilak and prasad, and to make offerings on behalf of the visitors. On weekdays after morning arati, when a pujari is not present, items can be placed on the table to the right of the entrance to the Hanuman Temple (marked with a sign) and will be offered during evening arati. Generally, prasad that has been previously offered will be available throughout the day on the table to the left of the Temple, which is also clearly marked.
The Temple area is available for quiet contemplation or chanting, and written prayers may be left for the pujari to place at Hanuman’s feet during arati.
Groups of 20 or more planning to visit the temple anytime during open hours on Saturdays and Sundays must make a request at least 3 weeks in advance by calling (408) 722-0226 or emailing email@example.com. Confirmation of a large group visit will depend on availability. Please also note that Mount Madonna Center is only open from 4pm to 7pm on Sundays.
If you would like to become a volunteer, please fill out our New Volunteer Form.