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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.

     


     

    Pilgrimage Schedule

     


    Pilgrimage Event Day Time  
    Mother Center

     

     


     

    Tuesday  7:45 a.m.
    8:00 a.m.
    (English and Spanish)
    (English, Spanish and Disabled Access)*†
    Wednesday 7:45 a.m.
    8:00 a.m.
    (English, Italian and Portuguese)
    (English and Disabled Access)*†
    Thursday 7:45 a.m.
    8:00 a.m.
    (English, French, German and Japanese)
    (English and Disabled Access)*
     
    Lake Shrine Monday 7:00 a.m.
    7:15 a.m.
    (English)
    (English and Disabled Access)*†
    Tuesday 7:00 a.m.
    7:15 a.m.
    (English)
    (English and Disabled Access)*
    Wednesday 7:00 a.m.
    7:15 a.m.
    (English and Spanish)
    (English, Spanish and Disabled Access)*†
    Thursday 7:00 a.m.
    7:15 a.m.
    (English)
    (English and Disabled Access)*†
     
    Hollywood Temple
    & Forest Lawn
    Monday 8:30 a.m.
    9:15 a.m.
    9:30 a.m.
    10:15 a.m.
    (English)
    (English)
    (English)
    (English and Disabled Access)*†
    Tuesday 8:30 a.m.
    9:15 a.m.
    9:30 a.m.
    10:15 a.m.
    (English)
    (English)
    (English)
    (English and Disabled Access)*†
    Wednesday 8:30 a.m.
    9:15 a.m.
    9:30 a.m.
    10:15 a.m.
    (English)
    (English)
    (English)
    (English and Disabled Access)*†
    Thursday 8:30 a.m.
    9:15 a.m.
    9:30 a.m.
    10:15 a.m.
    (English and Spanish)
    (English and Spanish)
    (English)
    (English, Spanish and Disabled Access)*†
     

    Encinitas
    Busses depart from the Bonaventure Hotel to Encinitas.

    Busses return from Encinitas to the Bonaventure Hotel in the afternoon.  
    Sunday, August 12 7:00 a.m.
    7:30 a.m.
    8:00 a.m.
    8:30 a.m.
    (English)
    (English and Spanish)
    (English)
    (English and 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 pilgrimages. 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. to the Bonaventure Hotel.
    • 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. 
     

    * Wheelchair access at pilgrimage site. For those who can walk up and down the bus steps (bus has 2-4 steps). Please note: SRF does not provide wheelchairs. You may bring your own or rent one from the hotel.

    † Wheelchair access at pilgrimage site. For those who cannot walk up and down the bus steps (bus has wheelchair lift). Please note: SRF does not provide wheelchairs. You may bring your own or rent one from the hotel.