A Solemn Journey to the Indian Temples in California

Hinduism, although considered as a minority religion in the United States, is the largest religion in India. The Indians have also established a community in America called Little India where we can visit some of the mesmerizing Hindu Temples built.

Hindu Temples also known as Mandir or Koil in Indian languages are a place of celebration, worship, sacrifice, and devotion. The intricate structure and details of these temples symbolizes the essence of life in accordance with the Hindu beliefs. This also reflects the rich culture and artistry of the Indian people and their heritage.

Here are the Wandering Asians’ list of the must-visit Indian Temples in California:

Malibu Hindu Temple

Los Angeles


Photo credits to Malibu Hindu Temple

To start off our solemn journey, Malibu Hindu Temple is at the top of our list! Located in the City of Calabasas in the Santa Monica Mountains, Malibu Hindu Temple is one of the largest temples in the Western hemisphere. This temple’s architecture is based on the traditional South Indian style mainly composed of monumental oriental-gate pyramids, quadrangular enclosures, and pillared halls.

Dedicated to the Hindu God Venkateswara, Malibu Hindu Temple provides spaces for meditation and recitals of complex Indian traditional music. You may also encounter Indian priests devoted to their daily prayers and activities all for their deities. All visitors are welcome to participate in indoor and outdoor activities during weekends. For more information call them at (818) 880-5552 or visit www.malibuhindutemple.org

Hindu Community and Cultural Center- Shiva Vishnu Temple

Alameda


Photo credits to Hindu Community and Cultural Center

Up for a total Indian Journey? Hindu Community and Cultural Center is a perfect match for you! Located at Livermore, this center and temple has been providing a safe haven for the Indians and Californian since the year 1977. This temple is a place where Hindus can offer their prayer, study religion, and propagate their culture.

HCCC provides various services for the community such as religious services at temple and devotee residences, education for the youth, cultural events, and spiritual services. HCCC and the Shiva Vishnu Temple strongly believe that “Serving God is Serving Humanity” which is why they are open to all who want to participate and volunteer. Visit their website for visiting hours and other guidelines.

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

San Bernardino


Photo credits to BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

Our last destination is truly a reflection of the state-of-the art architecture and artistry of India. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir located at Chino Hills is the first earthquake-proof Mandir in the world! This temple showcases intricate hand-crafted marble pillars and structures catching the eyes of every tourist visiting the temple.

Since 2012, BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is dedicated to guiding people towards spiritual growth. Their interactive exhibition educates visitors and the community on the history, culture, and wisdom of Hinduism. The temple is open to the public daily all throughout the year. It is highly encouraged to familiarize yourself with the guidelines before visiting the Mandir. For visitations and tours, you may book your visits via BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir - Los Angeles - Tour Reservations.

Do you have any more Indian Temples recommendations? Let us know in the comments!

Written by: Monina Antonio

Monina Antonio is a digital marketing intern of PS Media Enterprise. She is currently a 4th year Broadcasting student from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines- Sta. Mesa.

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