|

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.
(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 German & 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 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-Return to Bonaventure Sunday, August 13 7:00 a.m.
7:30 a.m.
8:00 a.m.
8:30 a.m.
9:00 a.m.




(also Disabled Access)*†
Encinitas-Return to LAX Sunday, August 13 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 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 or LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) and will arrive in Los Angeles in approximately three hours. Please allow sufficient time for connecting travel arrangements in case there are unexpected delays.
  • 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.