Sunday Service

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Sunday Service

Join our residents and guests for our weekly Sunday Service which includes prayer, chanting, meditation and inspirational readings from the Bible and the Bhagavad Gita, all in the tradition of Paramhansa Yogananda. Every Sunday from 10-10:45 (Purification Ceremony*) and 11-12:30 (Service), at the Temple of Light.

*The Purification Ceremony includes two parts: an ancient traditional Vedic fire ceremony with the chanting of the Gayatri and Mahamritunjaya mantras, and the Purification Ceremony, where an individual’s silent prayer to God is supported by the presence and blessing from the minister, acting only as a reminder and representative of the presence of God within us.

Sunday School

Sunday School is available for children from 11am to 12:30 (contact [email protected])

After service, delicious vegetarian lunch is served at 12:30pm. The cost is $12 per person. Call to reserve for lunch 530-478-7518 Ext. 1.

For Those with Children

During special holidays such as Christmas, Easter and Yogananda’s birthday, the first part of Sunday Service is designated especially for children, with inspiring storytelling and a very brief meditation. Children then leave for supervised activities, and return to join their parents during the blessing, after the Festival of Light.

Please call the Village Reception Office at (530)478-7500 (Mon. – Fri. 10am -4pm) to find out when All-Community Sunday Service is scheduled.

Family Kirtans Every Friday

Join Village residents and neighbors for an informal family kirtan every Friday from 5pm to 5:30. The location is a small residential chapel in the Ranikhet cluster.

Directions to Ranikhet Temple

Holidays & Special Events

Please check our calendar for event times and locations during the year

February– Shivaratri is a 12 hour evening full of bhajan (Indian chants), stories of Lord Shiva and short to longer periods of meditation. It is said one who stays all night receives a boon!

March April:

  • The Oratorio, Christ Lives is performed in the Temple of Light by the Ananda Choir. A stirring call to awaken Christ consciousness in all hearts.
  • Easter- Easter Sunday service is a powerful blend of the spiritual traditions of East and West that begins with a children’s story and choral music. An decorated egg hunt follows hosted by the Easter Bunny.
  • Springtime at Ananda. Enjoy breathtaking views amid a terraced carpet of flowering color starring 17,000 tulips.

October– Halloween Parade and dinner in the downtown, followed by a trick-or-treat hayride around Ananda Village.


  • Holiday Concert with the Ananda Choir, combines traditional holiday music with original choir and solo pieces from the Oratorio, Christ Lives, composed by Swami Kriyananda that conveys the awe and beauty of Christ’s birth.
  • Christmas Eve Program, a magical play is performed in the Temple of Light that is certain to bring you joy. Families welcome.

Ananda Village MapDirections to Sunday Service
at The Temple of Light