Self-Realization Fellowship - Lake Shrine Temple

The Lake Shrine Retreat

The Lake Shrine Retreat

 "Come into the silence of solitude, and the vibration there will talk to you through the voice of God"


-- Paramahansa Yogananda


The Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine was dedicated by Paramahansa Yogananda in 1950.

Many thousands of visitors come each year to enjoy the scenic beauty and serenity of this spiritual sanctuary. The ten-acre site, with its gardens and natural spring-fed lake, is home to a variety of flora and fauna, including swans, ducks, koi, and trees and flowers from around the world.

The grounds include a Court of Religions honoring the five principal religions of the world, the Mahatma Gandhi World Peace Memorial (pictured at the left) where a portion of Gandhi's ashes is enshrined, a museum with exhibits on Paramahansa Yogananda's work, and a gift shop with arts and crafts from India. The temple itself is on a hilltop overlooking the lake.

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Lake Shrine Slide Show

Lake Shrine Slide Show


The Windmill Chapel is opening on July 27! Come enjoy the peace


Come to Lake Shrine and visit the newly restored Windmill Chapel! 

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Convocation Week

Please note: Starting Monday 8/17/15 - 8/20/15 the Lake Shrine grounds will be closed due to our annual Convocation. Regular hours will resume Friday 8/21/15.

Around the Lake

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Around the Lake


Temple Hours

The Temple and Temple parking lot will be closed Tuesday through Saturday. (Lake Grounds will remain open).

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Saturday August 8th

Due to weddings on the Gandhi lawn Saturday August 8th, the Lake access is limited from 11:00 AM till close at 4:30 PM. The Windmill Chapel,  Visitor Center, Court of Religions and Gift Shop will be available. 

Sunday Parking

The City of Los Angeles has installed a median barrier at the entrance to the Temple to prevent dangerous and illegal turns across Sunset Boulevard.

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News & Inspiration

Inner Reflections

Your real nature is calmness...It is time you remember who you are: the blessed soul, a reflection of Spirit.

- Paramahansa Yogananda