Malibu Hindu Temple 1600 Las Virgenes Canyon Road, Calabasas CA 91302 Phone : (818) 880-5552
 
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* We do follow some simple practices and expect the visitors who are coming for the first time to do the same.
 
* PLEASE REVIEW "Visitors info" Page for more details about the dress code. 
 
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Click on "Temple, History and Education" below to learn more about our temple 
  
 
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  1. Shiva Lingam

    span style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px; background-color: #ffffff;'The spanstrong style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px; background-color: #ffffff;'lingamstrong span style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px; background-color: #ffffff;'is a representation of the Hindu deity spana href='http:en.wikipedia.orgwikiShiva' title='Shiva' style=' none; color: #0b0080; background-image: none; background-color: #ffffff; font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px;'Shivaaspan style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px; background-color: #ffffff;' used for worship in spana href='http:en.wikipedia.orgwikiHindu_temple' title='Hindu temple' style=' none; color: #0b0080; background-image: none; background-color: #ffffff; font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px;'templesaspan style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px; background-color: #ffffff;'.spanspan style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px; background-color: #ffffff;' In traditional Indian society, the linga is rather seen as a symbol of the energy and potentiality of the God.The lingam is often represented alongside the a href='http:en.wikipedia.orgwikiYoni' title='Yoni' style=' none; color: #0b0080; background-image: none;'yonia, a symbol of the goddess or of a href='http:en.wikipedia.orgwikiShakti' title='Shakti' style=' none; color: #0b0080; background-image: none;'Shaktia, female creative energy.sup id='cite_ref-zimmer_8-0' style=' 1em; unicode-bidi: -webkit-isolate;'a href='http:en.wikipedia.orgwikiShiva_lingam#cite_note-zimmer-8' style=' none; color: #0b0080; background-image: none; '8asup The union of lingam and yoni represents the 'indivisible two-in-oneness of male and female, the passive space and active time from which all life originates'span
  2. Temple Prakaram and significance of "Pradakshina"

    pspan style='font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;'Prakaram with sanctum in the middle.spanp pspan style='font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;'Prakaram span style='background:white' in Indian architecture is an outer part around the Hindu temple sanctum. These may be enclosed or open and are typically enclosed for the inner most prakaram.spanspanp pspan style='font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;'Usually large Hindu temples have one or more prakarams.spanp pspan style='font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;'The lord is the center source and essence of our lives. We acknowledge this by performing pradakshina. According to Adi Shankara Charya, pradakshina is the meditation that thousands of universes are revolving around the lord, the unmoving center of all.spanp pspan style='font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;'Pradakshina is one of the customary aspects of going to temple. Pradakshina is done after the completion of traditional worship (Pooja) and after paying homage to the presiding deity. The pradakshina consists of walking around the prakaram in a circle form of worship.spanp
  3. Goddess Padmavathi or Lakshmi

    div style='font-family: verdana; font-size: 11.111111640930176px; background-color: #f7f7f7;'em style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px; background-color: #ffffff;'Alamelu Mangaemspan style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px; background-color: #ffffff;' is a major deity in Hinduism worshipped as an aspect of Goddess spana href='http:en.wikipedia.orgwikiLakshmi' title='Lakshmi' style=' none; color: #0b0080; background-image: none; background-color: #ffffff; font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px;'Lakshmiaspan style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px; background-color: #ffffff;'.It is believed that her intercession is indispensable to gaining the favour of the lord, it is also believed that Lakshmi is co-omnipresent, co-illimitable and the co-bestower of moksham along with Lord spana href='http:en.wikipedia.orgwikiVishnu' title='Vishnu' style=' none; color: #0b0080; background-image: none; background-color: #ffffff; font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px;'Vishnuaspan style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px; background-color: #ffffff;'.spandiv style='font-family: verdana; font-size: 11.111111640930176px; background-color: #f7f7f7;'span style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px; background-color: #ffffff;'Believed to be a form of spana href='http:en.wikipedia.orgwikiLakshmi' title='Lakshmi' style=' none; color: #0b0080; background-image: none; background-color: #ffffff; font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px;'Lakshmiaspan style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px; background-color: #ffffff;', the Hindu devi of wealth and good fortune, Alamelumange is the consort of Sri spana href='http:en.wikipedia.orgwikiVenkateshwara' title='Venkateshwara' style=' none; color: #0b0080; background-image: none; background-color: #ffffff; font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px;'Venkateshwaraaspan style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px; background-color: #ffffff;'. The name Padmavati is spana href='http:en.wikipedia.orgwikiSanskrit' title='Sanskrit' style=' none; color: #0b0080; background-image: none; background-color: #ffffff; font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px;'Sanskritaspan style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px; background-color: #ffffff;' for 'she who emerged from spana href='http:en.wikipedia.orgwikiLotus_(plant)' title='Lotus (plant)' style=' none; color: #0b0080; background-image: none; background-color: #ffffff; font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px;'lotusaspan style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px; background-color: #ffffff;''.span
  4. Importance of Temple & Architecture

    span style='font-size: 12pt;'In spanem style='font-size: 12pt;'sanatana dharma (emspan style='font-size: 12pt;'Hinduism) God a is supreme reality is invoked, contemplated upon and worshipped in three abodes depending on the mental capacity of the seeker. spanbr style='font-size: 12pt;' span style='font-size: 12pt;'According to our Hindu tradition, god is worshipped within 1. One''''s own self, 2. At an altar in our home, 3. In a temple, or holy place out in the community.spandiv style='font-size: 12pt;' div style='font-size: 12pt;' Architecture:  p style='font-size: 12pt;'span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;background: white;bold'The prominent “Gopurams” is strongChola architecturestrongspan span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;background:white'or strongDravidian architecturestrong was a style of architecture that emerged thousands of years ago(1000BC) in the Southern part of the Indian subcontinent or spanspan style='font-size:13.5pt;font-family:Arial'a href='http:en.wikipedia.orgwikiSouth_India' title='South India'span style='font-size: 10.0pt;color:windowtext;background:white'South Indiaspanaspanspan style='font-size:8.5pt;font-family:Arial;background:#F7F7F7'.span span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family: Arial;background:white'It consists primarily of pyramid shaped temples which are dependent on intricate carved stone in order to create a step design consisting of many statues of deities, warriors, kings, and dancers. In our temple, we''''ve lord Vishnu, Lakshmi, Andal ( Bhoodevi), Krishna, Rama and Hanuman.spanp p style='font-size: 12pt;'span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;background:white'Chola style temples consist almost invariably of the three following parts, arranged in differing manners, but differing in themselves only according to the age in which they were executed:sup id='cite_ref-Fergusson_1-0' style='unicode-bidi: -webkit-isolate'a href='http:en.wikipedia.orgwikiDravidian_architecture#cite_note-Fergusson-1'span style='color:windowtext'1spanasupspanp ol start='1' type='1' li style='font-size: 12pt;'span style='font-size:10.0pt; font-family:Arial;background:white'The porches or emMandapamsem, which always cover and precede the door leading to the cell.spanli li style='font-size: 12pt;'span style='font-size:10.0pt; font-family:Arial;background:white'Gate-pyramids, emGopuramsem, which are the principal features in the quadrangular enclosures that surround the more notable temples. Gopurams are very common in Dravidian temples.spanli lispan style='font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial; background-color: white; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;'Pillared halls (emChaultrisem or emChawadisem) are used for many purposes and are the invariable accompaniments of these temples.spanli ol
  5. Andal

    div style='font-family: verdana; font-size: 11.111111640930176px; background-color: #ffffff;'strong style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px;'Andalstrongspan style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px;' is the only female Alvar of the 12 (spana href='http:en.wikipedia.orgwikiAlvars' title='Alvars' style=' none; color: #0b0080; background-image: none; font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px;'Alvaraspan style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px;' saints of South spana href='http:en.wikipedia.orgwikiIndia' title='India' style=' none; color: #0b0080; background-image: none; font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px;'Indiaa)span style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px;',strong style='font-size: 13px;'Andalstrong span style='font-size: 13px;'an 8th-century or earlierspansup id='cite_ref-1' style=' 1em; unicode-bidi: -webkit-isolate;'a href='http:en.wikipedia.orgwikiAndal#cite_note-1' style=' none; color: #0b0080; background-image: none; '1asupspan style='font-size: 13px;' is the only female Alvar of the 12 spana href='http:en.wikipedia.orgwikiAlvars' title='Alvars' style=' none; color: #0b0080; background-image: none; font-size: 13px;'Alvaraspan style='font-size: 13px;' saints of South spana href='http:en.wikipedia.orgwikiIndia' title='India' style=' none; color: #0b0080; background-image: none; font-size: 13px;'Indiaaspan style='font-size: 13px;', who are known for their affiliation to spana href='http:en.wikipedia.orgwikiSrivaishnava' title='Srivaishnava' style=' none; color: #0b0080; background-image: none; font-size: 13px;'Srivaishnavaaspan style='font-size: 13px;' tradition of spana href='http:en.wikipedia.orgwikiHinduism' title='Hinduism' style=' none; color: #0b0080; background-image: none; font-size: 13px;'Hinduismaspan style='font-size: 13px;'. She is credited with the great spana href='http:en.wikipedia.orgwikiTamil_language' title='Tamil language' style=' none; color: #0b0080; background-image: none; font-size: 13px;'Tamilaspan style='font-size: 13px;' works of spana href='http:en.wikipedia.orgwikiThirupavai' title='Thirupavai' style=' none; color: #0b0080; background-image: none; font-size: 13px;'Thirupavaiaspan style='font-size: 13px;' and spana href='http:en.wikipedia.orgwikiNachiar_Tirumozhi' title='Nachiar Tirumozhi' style=' none; color: #0b0080; background-image: none; font-size: 13px;'Nachiar Tirumozhiaspan style='font-size: 13px;' that are still recited by devotees during the Winter festival season of spana href='http:en.wikipedia.orgwikiMargazhi#The_Months_of_a_Tamil_Calendar' title='Margazhi' style=' none; color: #0b0080; background-image: none; font-size: 13px;'Margazhiaspan style='font-size: 13px;'. Andal is known for her unwavering devotion to the Lord spana href='http:en.wikipedia.orgwikiVishnu' title='Vishnu' style=' none; color: #0b0080; background-image: none; font-size: 13px;'Vishnuaspan style='font-size: 13px;', the God of the Srivaishnavas.spanspan style='font-size: 13px;'Adopted by her father, the Alvar saint spana href='http:en.wikipedia.orgwikiPeriyalvar' title='Periyalvar' style=' none; color: #0b0080; background-image: none; font-size: 13px;'Periyalvaraspan style='font-size: 13px;' who found her as a baby, Andal avoided earthly marriage, the normal and expected path for women of her culture, to 'marry' Vishnu, both spiritually and physically.spanspan style='font-size: 13px;' Andal is treated more than a saint and as a form of God herselfspanspanspan style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px;'.spandiv style='font-family: verdana; font-size: 11.111111640930176px; background-color: #ffffff;'span style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px;'She is credited with the great spana href='http:en.wikipedia.orgwikiTamil_language' title='Tamil language' style=' none; color: #0b0080; background-image: none; font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px;'Tamilaspan style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px;' works of spana href='http:en.wikipedia.orgwikiThirupavai' title='Thirupavai' style=' none; color: #0b0080; background-image: none; font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px;'Thirupavaiaspan style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px;' and spana href='http:en.wikipedia.orgwikiNachiar_Tirumozhi' title='Nachiar Tirumozhi' style=' none; color: #0b0080; background-image: none; font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px;'Nachiar Tirumozhiaspan style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px;' that are still recited by devotees during the Winter festival season of spana href='http:en.wikipedia.orgwikiMargazhi#The_Months_of_a_Tamil_Calendar' title='Margazhi' style=' none; color: #0b0080; background-image: none; font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px;'Margazhiaspan style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px;'. Andal is known for her unwavering devotion to the Lord spana href='http:en.wikipedia.orgwikiVishnu' title='Vishnu' style=' none; color: #0b0080; background-image: none; font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px;'Vishnuaspan style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px;', the God of the Srivaishnavas. span
  6. Garuda

    div style='font-family: verdana; font-size: 11.111111640930176px; background-color: #f7f7f7;'span title='International Alphabet of Sanskrit Transliteration' style='font-family: '''', ''Arial Unicode MS'', '''', '''', ''Lucida Sans Unicode'', ''''; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px; background-color: #ffffff;'Garudaspanspan style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px; background-color: #ffffff;' is a spana href='http:en.wikipedia.orgwikiHinduism' title='Hinduism' style='color: #0b0080; background-image: none; background-color: #ffffff; font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px;'Hindua a href='http:en.wikipedia.orgwikiDivinity' title='Divinity' style='color: #0b0080; background-image: none; background-color: #ffffff; font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px;'divinityaspan style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px; background-color: #ffffff;', usually the spana href='http:en.wikipedia.orgwikiVahana' title='Vahana' style='color: #0b0080; background-image: none; background-color: #ffffff; font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px;'mountaspan style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px; background-color: #ffffff;' (spanem style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px; background-color: #ffffff;'vahanaemspan style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px; background-color: #ffffff;') of the Lord spana href='http:en.wikipedia.orgwikiVishnu' title='Vishnu' style='color: #0b0080; background-image: none; background-color: #ffffff; font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px;'Vishnuaspan style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px; background-color: #ffffff;'. spanspan title='International Alphabet of Sanskrit Transliteration' style='font-family: '''', ''Arial Unicode MS'', '''', '''', ''Lucida Sans Unicode'', ''''; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px; background-color: #ffffff;'Garudaspanspan style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px; background-color: #ffffff;' is depicted as having the golden body of a strong man with a white face, red wings, and an eagle''''s beak and with a spana href='http:en.wikipedia.orgwikiCrown_(headgear)' title='Crown (headgear)' style='color: #0b0080; background-image: none; background-color: #ffffff; font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px;'crownaspan style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px; background-color: #ffffff;' on his head. This ancient deity was said to be massive, large enough to block out the spana href='http:en.wikipedia.orgwikiSun' title='Sun' style='color: #0b0080; background-image: none; background-color: #ffffff; font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px;'suna.div style='font-family: verdana; font-size: 11.111111640930176px; background-color: #f7f7f7;'span style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px; background-color: #ffffff;'Throughout the Mahabharata, Garuda is invoked as a symbol of impetuous violent force, of speed, and of martial prowess. span
  7. Lord Venkateshvara

    span style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px; background-color: #ffffff;'spanpspan style='font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial; background-color: white;'Venkateshwara also known as spanstrong style='font-size: 12pt;'Govindāstrongspan style='font-size: 12pt;', spanstrong style='font-size: 12pt;'Śrinivasāstrongspan style='font-size: 12pt;', spanstrong style='font-size: 12pt;'Balajistrongspan style='font-size: 12pt;', and spanstrong style='font-size: 12pt;'Vestrongstrong style='font-size: 12pt;'span style='font-size: 10pt; font-family: Tahoma; background-color: white; initial initial; 'ṅspanstrongstrong style='font-size: 12pt;'span style='font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial; background-color: white; initial initial; 'kaspanstrongstrong style='font-size: 12pt;'span style='font-size: 10pt; font-family: Tahoma; background-color: white; initial initial; 'ṭspanstrongstrong style='font-size: 12pt;'span style='font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial; background-color: white; initial initial; 'ācalapatispanstrongspan style='font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial; background-color: white;', is a form of the Hindu god spanspan style='font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial; background-color: white;'Vishnu. spanpdiv style='font-size: 12pt;'span style='font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial; background-color: white; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;'The name spanemVenkateswaraem stems from the Indian language of Sanskrit where emuVemuem translates to Sin, Kata emtranslates to destruction andem Ishwara emtranslates to Supreme Lord.emdiv style='font-size: 12pt;'span style='font-family: verdana; font-size: 11.111111640930176px; background-color: #ffffff;''Alankara Priya' as the Lord Vishnu is called, Lord is decorated after the 'Abhishekam' (spanspan style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: #ffffff;'pouring libations on the image of the deity being worshipped). Alankaram, spanspan style='font-family: verdana; font-size: 11.111111640930176px; background-color: #ffffff;'meaning decoration. After the Abhishekam spanspan style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: #ffffff;'three steps of pooja are performed. : spanem style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: #ffffff;'alankaramemspan style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: #ffffff;' (decoration),spanem style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: #ffffff;'neivedyamemspan style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: #ffffff;' (food offering) and spanem style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: #ffffff;'deepa aradanam emspan style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: #ffffff;'(waving of lamps) to the lord.span div style='font-size: 12pt;'  span style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px; background-color: #ffffff;'span
  8. Hinduism

    Hinduism is a religious philosophy rather than an abstract religion. Its is based on the realization of truths and varied experiences of thousand of sages from days immemorial and immortalized in the ancient scriptures - The VEDAS. Hinduism is NOT founded by any single founder nor is it based on any single epic. The great epics, Maha Bharata and Ramayana were also written during these ancient times, According to Vedic philosophy, every individual is potentially divine. The gradual unfolding of the human divinity through various ways of self-culture, social and family duties, responsibilities are ideals in the objective of the religion. We believe that the supreme power manifested itself through various AVATHARS (Incarnations) through the ages and will continue to do so to establish universal Dharma. The supreme power is conceptualized through the trinity Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva.
  9. Jaya & Vijaya

    div id='pastingspan1' style='display: inline-block;'div id='pastingspan1'span style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: #ffffff;'Jaya & Vijaya seen as gatekeepers in any Vishnu temple.span
  10. Garuda

    span title='International Alphabet of Sanskrit Transliteration' style='font-family: '''', ''Arial Unicode MS'', '''', '''', ''Lucida Sans Unicode'', ''''; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px; background-color: #ffffff;'Garudaspanspan style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px; background-color: #ffffff;' is a spana href='http:en.wikipedia.orgwikiHinduism' title='Hinduism' style='color: #0b0080; background-image: none; background-color: #ffffff; font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px;'Hindua a href='http:en.wikipedia.orgwikiDivinity' title='Divinity' style='color: #0b0080; background-image: none; background-color: #ffffff; font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px;'divinityaspan style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px; background-color: #ffffff;', usually the spana href='http:en.wikipedia.orgwikiVahana' title='Vahana' style='color: #0b0080; background-image: none; background-color: #ffffff; font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px;'mountaspan style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px; background-color: #ffffff;' (spanem style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px; background-color: #ffffff;'vahanaemspan style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px; background-color: #ffffff;') of the Lord spana href='http:en.wikipedia.orgwikiVishnu' title='Vishnu' style='color: #0b0080; background-image: none; background-color: #ffffff; font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px;'Vishnuaspan style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px; background-color: #ffffff;'. spanspan title='International Alphabet of Sanskrit Transliteration' style='font-family: '''', ''Arial Unicode MS'', '''', '''', ''Lucida Sans Unicode'', ''''; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px; background-color: #ffffff;'Garudaspanspan style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px; background-color: #ffffff;' is depicted as having the golden body of a strong man with a white face, red wings, and an eagle''''s beak and with a spana href='http:en.wikipedia.orgwikiCrown_(headgear)' title='Crown (headgear)' style='color: #0b0080; background-image: none; background-color: #ffffff; font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px;'crownaspan style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px; background-color: #ffffff;' on his head. This ancient deity was said to be massive, large enough to block out the spana href='http:en.wikipedia.orgwikiSun' title='Sun' style='color: #0b0080; background-image: none; background-color: #ffffff; font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px;'suna.span style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px; background-color: #ffffff;'Throughout the Mahabharata, Garuda is invoked as a symbol of impetuous violent force, of speed, and of martial prowess. span
  11. Archana to Lord Venkateshwara

    'Alankara Priya' as the Lord Vishnu is called, Lord is decorated after the 'Abhishekam' (span style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px; background-color: #ffffff;'pouring libations on the image of the deity being worshipped). Alankaram, spanmeaning decoration. After the Abhishekam span style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px; background-color: #ffffff;' three steps of pooja are performed. : spanem style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px; background-color: #ffffff;'alankaramemspan style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px; background-color: #ffffff;' (decoration), spanem style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px; background-color: #ffffff;'neivedyamemspan style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px; background-color: #ffffff;' (food offering) and spanem style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px; background-color: #ffffff;'deepa aradanam emspan style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px; background-color: #ffffff;'(waving of lamps) to the lord.span
  12. Hindu Temple

    In June 1977, several members of the Indian community from the metropolitan Los Angeles area met and resolved to build a Hindu Temple for the benefit of the community at large.The Hindu society was incorporated as a non-profit religious organization on August 18th 1977 in the state of California.Two key provisions of the articles of incorporation are: The specific and primary purposes of the organization are to operate the temple for religious purposes. The property of this corporation is irrevocably dedicated to religious purposes and no part of the net income or assets shall ever inure to the benefit of any director, officer or member thereof or to the benefit of any private individual. This temple is a prized possession of our community and is a very valued legacy to our children.
  13. Shiva Complex

    pspan style='font-size: 13.5pt;'Sspanspan style='font-size: 12pt;'hiva complex holds the sanctums of Ganesha, Shiva, Subrahmanya, Parvathi and Navagraha.spanp p style='font-size: 12pt;'span style='font-size: 13.5pt;'Ganesha represents the energy of Lord Shiva and goddess Parvathi (Uma). Because of mythological incident, the normal head of Ganesha had to be replaced with that of an elephant. The elephant headed Ganesha looks like OM, the pranava mantra, representing the quintessence of the Vedas, indicating power and wisdom.spanp p style='font-size: 12pt;'span style='font-size: 13.5pt;'Shiva is not only an aspect of the Thrayam godhead- the destruction regeneration aspect - is the highest god, the cosmic logos. Shiva Lingam is a 'natural' Hindu symbol, which is the mathematical form of an ellipsoid. It is natural because it not only represents a reality but is the actual vehicle of power within that reality. It symbolizes Siva-Shakti, that is, the primary polarity principle of positive and negative forces.spanp pspan style='font-size: 12pt;'Subrahmanya is the second son of lord Siva. His manifestation occurred when the devas, the celestial people, were being oppressed by a Asura (demon) by the name of Taraka. He is conjoint manifestation of Siva and Shakti.spanp
  14. Hindu Temple

    The Hindu temple is built for the main diety of Lord Venkateshwara (form of Vishnu) and has several shrines for different deities. Temples are built according to shilpa shastra in Chola style of temple architecture. The art and science of temple construction is learned by a disciple from his guru or by a son from his father in a traditional way. The temple architect of this temple is none other than the famous Muthiah Sthapathi, of India., who is designing temples all over the world. The foundations and the structures were built by the local contractors. The brick veneer work and the sculptural plastering is done by artisans from India who are known as Shilpis, who undergo several years of training under a sthapthi. This temple is one the largest and most authentic Hindu temples in the western hemisphere.
  15. Gopuram

    Temple architect- S M Muthiah Sthapathi. Kailasa mandapam construction started in 1994.Public donations are the only source of income for the temple. The board of directors and the general boday of the society appreciate your help.
  16. Dwaja Sthamba

    Flag pole is situated at the entrance of the temples.
  17. Sricharanam

    div style='font-family: verdana; font-size: 11.111111640930176px; background-color: #f7f7f7;'span style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px; background-color: #ffffff;'Thiruman Srichurnam or the Shricharanam is the spana href='http:en.wikipedia.orgwikiTilaka' title='Tilaka' style=' none; color: #0b0080; background-image: none; background-color: #ffffff; font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px;'tilakaaspan style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px; background-color: #ffffff;' used by followers of spana href='http:en.wikipedia.orgwikiSri_Vaishnava' title='Sri Vaishnava' style=' none; color: #0b0080; background-image: none; background-color: #ffffff; font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px;'Sri Vaishnavaaspan style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px; background-color: #ffffff;'. The figure drawn is representative of the feet of spana href='http:en.wikipedia.orgwikiNarayana' title='Narayana' style=' none; color: #0b0080; background-image: none; background-color: #ffffff; font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px;'Narayanaaspan style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px; background-color: #ffffff;' with spana href='http:en.wikipedia.orgwikiLakshmi' title='Lakshmi' style=' none; color: #0b0080; background-image: none; background-color: #ffffff; font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px;'Lakshmiaspan style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px; background-color: #ffffff;' in the middle. It is adorned by members of the Sri Vaishnava tradition.spandiv style='font-family: verdana; font-size: 11.111111640930176px; background-color: #f7f7f7;'p style=' 19.1875px; font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: #ffffff;'Apart from the main ingredients described below, several auspicious substances are added, such as a href='http:en.wikipedia.orgwikiTulasi' title='Tulasi' style=' none; color: #0b0080; background-image: none;'Tulasia, rice, turmeric, camphor, flowers.ph3span id='Thiruman' style='font-size: 10pt;'Thirumanspan span style='font-weight: normal;'span style='background-color: #ffffff; font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px;'The white powder in Thiruman is derived from decayed spana href='http:en.wikipedia.orgwikiSchistose' title='Schistose' style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px; none; color: #0b0080; background-image: none;'schistoseaa href='http:en.wikipedia.orgwikiMica' title='Mica' style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px; none; color: #0b0080; background-image: none;'micaaspan style='background-color: #ffffff; font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px;'.spanspanh3h3span id='Shrichurnam' style='font-size: 10pt;'Shrichurnam spanspan style='background-color: #ffffff; font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px;'Tspan style='font-weight: normal;'he yellow mark is worn using turmeric, or using spanspana href='http:en.wikipedia.orgwikiSandal_wood' title='Sandal wood' style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px; none; color: #0b0080; background-image: none; font-weight: normal;'sandal woodaspan style='background-color: #ffffff; font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; 19.1875px;'span style='font-weight: normal;' paste.spanspanh3p style=' 19.1875px; font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: #ffffff;'The red mark is made of turmeric mixed with lime (churNa).p
  18. Sri. Venkateshwara

    Lord Venkateshwara, popularly known as Balaji is the presiding deity of the Tirumala Hills, in Andhra Pradesh, India. He is one of the manifestations of Lord Vishnu. He revealed of sage Narayana, who did rigorous penance. The sage requested Lord Vishnu to settle there showering his eternal grace on the human folk, who were very much depressed and who were unable to follow the rigorous yoga practices to realize the God.Tirumala, the seat of Balaji is surrounded by seven hills. Because of this he is also names lord of the seven hills. It is perhaps his wish, that he took abode in this place, which is also surrounded by several hills to bless the occupants of this part of the world.Balaji has four hands,. In the upper right hand, he holds the Chakra (Wheel) representing the wheel of time. In the upper left, he has a Shanka (Conch) which resembles (OM) significant of Vedas. The right lower hand is directed towards his feet, an indication the devotees to surrender to him in all their difficulties. The lower left hand rests on the left thigh, telling the devotees that the ocean of births and deaths is only knee deep and he would take care of those who totally surrender to him with intense faith and redeem their sins.
  19. What is Hinduism

    Hinduism is a religious philosophy rather than an abstract religion. It is based on the realization of truths and varied experiences of thousands of sages from days immemorial and immortalized in the ancient scriptures- the VEDAS.Hinduism was not founded by any single founder nor is it based on any single epic. The great epics, Maha Bharata and Ramayan were also written during the ancient times.According to Vedic philosophy every individual is potentially divine.  The gradual unfolding of the human divinity through various ways of self-culture, social and family duties, responsibilities and ideals is the objective of the religion. We believe that the supreme power manifested itself through AVATHARS (incarnations) through the ages and and will continue to do so to establish universal Dharma. The supreme power is conceptualized through the trinity emBrahma, Vishnu, Shiva. em The trinity is worshipped severally in various forms and manifestations by Hindus.The Hindu temple is built for the main deity of Lord Venkateshwara (form of Vishnu) and has several shrines of different deities. Temples are built complying to strict codes, known as Shastras and this temple is built according to silpa Shastra in Chola style of temple architecture. The art and science of temple construction is learned by a disciple from his guru or by a son from his father in a traditional way. The temple architect is known as Sthapathi and the architect of this temple is none other than the famous Muthiah Stapathi, of India who is designing temples all over the world. The foundations and the structures were built by the local contractors. The brick veneer work and the sculptural plastering is done by artisans from India who are known as silpis, who undergo several years of training under a sthapathi. This temple is one of the largest and most authentic Hindu temple in the western hemisphere.