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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.
 

2014 Pilgrimage Schedule

Convocation — August 3 - 9


Pilgrimage Event Day Time  
Mother Center Monday  7:45 a.m.
8:00 a.m.
(also German)
(also Disabled Access)*
Tuesday 7:45 a.m.
8:00 a.m.
(also Spanish)
(also Disabled Access)*†
Wednesday 7:45 a.m.
8:00 a.m.
(also Italian & Portuguese)
(also Disabled Access)*†
Thursday 7:45 a.m.
8:00 a.m.
(also 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.
 
Wednesday 7:00 a.m.
7:15 a.m.
 
Thursday 7:00 a.m.
7:15 a.m.

(also Disabled Access)*†
 
Hollywood Temple
& Forest Lawn
Monday 8:30 a.m.
9:15 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
10:15 a.m.



(also Disabled Access)*†
Tuesday 8:30 a.m.
9:15 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
10:15 a.m.



(also Disabled Access)*†
Wednesday 8:30 a.m.
9:15 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
10:15 a.m.



(also Disabled Access)*†
Thursday 8:30 a.m.
9:15 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
10:15 a.m.



(also Disabled Access)*†
 
Encinitas Sunday, August 10 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