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Pilgrimages

Mother Center pilgrimage
Welcoming Convocation participants during a Mother Center pilgrimage

We invite you to join guided pilgrimages to our ashram centers, temples, hermitages, and retreats, where the natural beauty and peaceful atmosphere offer refreshment to mind and spirit. Most of these spiritual centers were established by Paramahansa Yogananda during his lifetime, and have since become places of pilgrimage for thousands of people each year who come from all parts of the globe to visit the sites where this great world teacher lived, worked, and communed with God.

Please note that the pilgrimages to the Mother Center, Lake Shrine, the Hollywood Temple, and our Guru's crypt at Forest Lawn Memorial-Park will be conducted at the same times as the morning meditations, kirtans and satsangas. There will be kirtans and talks at the pilgrimage sites.

The ashram centers, temples, and retreats will only be open to those attending the pilgrimages.

Pilgrmages may be selected when you register for Convocation.

 


 

2015 Pilgrimage Schedule

 


Pilgrimage Event Day Time  

Mother Center

See important information below on Mother Center Pilgrimage access

 

Monday  8:45 a.m.
9:00 a.m.
(also Spanish)
(also Disabled Access)*
Tuesday

Cancelled

This year, Mt. Washington Elementary School (located a block away from Mother Center) will begin school on Tuesday, August 18. Because of the increased traffic congestion this may cause, we will not have a Mother Center pilgrimage tour on that day.

Wednesday 8:45 a.m.
9:00 a.m.
(also Italian & Portuguese)
(also Disabled Access)*†
Thursday 8:45 a.m.
9:00 a.m.
(also German, French & Japanese)
(also Disabled Access)*
 
Lake Shrine Monday 7:00 a.m.
7:15 a.m.

(also Disabled Access)*†
Tuesday 7:00 a.m.
7:15 a.m.

(also Disabled Access)*†
Wednesday 7:00 a.m.
7:15 a.m.
 
Thursday 7:00 a.m.
7:15 a.m.
 
 
Hollywood Temple
& Forest Lawn
Monday 9:15 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
10:15 a.m.


(also Disabled Access)*†
Tuesday 9:15 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
10:15 a.m.


(also Disabled Access)*†
Wednesday 9:15 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
10:15 a.m.


(also Disabled Access)*†
Thursday 9:15 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
10:15 a.m.


(also Disabled Access)*†
 
Encinitas Sunday, August 23 7:00 a.m.
7:30 a.m.
8:00 a.m.
8:30 a.m.
9:00 a.m.




(also Disabled Access)*†
 

  Information  

  • Unless otherwise noted, pilgrimages are conducted in English.
  • Devotional chanting and/or talks by monastics are part of the pilgrimages.
  • A light lunch will be served on weekday pilrimages. Buses are scheduled to return to the Bonaventure Hotel in time for the afternoon classes.
  • A light snack and lunch will be served on the Encinitas pilgrimage. Return buses depart from Encinitas between 1:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. and will arrive in Los Angeles in approximately three hours.
  • Please note that for local residents from Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego counties, the Mother Center pilgrimage tickets are available as standby only and can be purchased at the Figueroa Street entrance on a first come, first served basis.

* SRF does not provide wheelchairs. You may bring your own or rent one from the hotel.

† Wheelchair lift available

 

 

 Special Note For Mother Center Pilgrimage Tours

 

Please note that this year there is the possibility that all of the activities of the Mother Center pilgrimages may take place outside on the grounds of this hallowed pilgrimage site.  We are currently working through a formal process of determining how many persons can occupy the International Headquarters building during our group functions, such as pilgrimages.  If the final decision and permits have not been obtained before Convocation, there is a possibility that the International Headquarters Building would be closed on Monday through Thursday of Convocation week, and thus Paramahansa Yogananda’s shrine on the third floor and the Main Chapel on the ground floor would not be accessible.

 

As in previous years, however, the sacred grounds where Paramahansa Yogananda walked, meditated, and gave classes will still be available and the nuns will be sharing stories about Paramahansa Yogananda and the history of the Mother Center at various locations on the grounds. There will also be periods of chanting and meditation on the tennis court and a delicious Indian meal will be served on the main lawn.

 

While Paramahansa Yogananda’s shrine and the main chapel may not be available at the time the pilgrimages take place during the week of Convocation, they will be open and available to devotees individually on Friday of Convocation week, as well as during the weeks preceding and following Convocation. Before Convocation begins, we will update everyone via the website when we have further information about this situation.