While researching things to do in Malibu I happened upon the Malibu Hindu Temple, up in the hills near Calabasas. This temple is very unique and being that it was the biggest on the West Coast, I decided to stop by.
- Open every day of the year
- Weekday Hours: Summer 9-12:30 and 5-8 PM, Winter 9-12:30 and 5-7 PM
- Weekend Hours: 8 AM – 7 PM
Here is the history from their site:
Malibu Hindu Temple, a temple of the Hindu god Venkateswara, built in 1981, is located in the city of Calabasas near Malibu, California in the Santa Monica Mountains. It is owned and operated by the Hindu Temple Society of Southern California. Built in the traditional South Indian style, it is frequented by followers of Hinduism in Southern California. The priests are situated and live on the grounds of the temple.
The temple has many gatherings for ceremonies, and provides numerous space for meditation, picnic, it has a full stage for special cultural and Hindu programs. The Hindu temple has two complexes – the upper complex with Lord Venkateswara as the presiding deity and the lower complex with Lord Shiva as the presiding deity. In addition to the presiding deity, both complexes have shrines for other deities.
When you arrive you will take of your shoes and walk through the massive entry way into the main area of the upper temple. As I am not as familiar with what I was looking at I will simply let my pictures speak for themselves below. We did not go in the small temple as there was a service happening and we did not want to interrupt.
We were only here for about 20 minutes but it was very interesting to walk around and to see all the beautifully created structures in the temple. Check out the rest of the photos and free to leave a comment below.