Shortly before his passing, Paramahansa Yogananda expressed a deeply felt wish that one day a temple and retreat be constructed at the Lake Shrine. In 1996, that dream was realized with the opening of a 58-foot high, 4,000 square foot hill-top temple, which overlooks the lake to the East and the Pacific Ocean to the West.
The new temple incorporates a blend of Eastern and Western architectural styles. Crowned with a golden lotus, the domed octagonal building features intricate decorative work in concrete, stained glass, wood, and ceramic tile, much of it crafted by hand. In addition to the striking sanctuary, which seats 400, the temple complex includes a large video-equipped special-events hall, a bookroom, and Sunday school classrooms.