Another way to experience the beauty, history, and stillness of the Sierra Nevada Mountains is to visit the recently completed Temple of Light in the spiritual community of Ananda Village which is home to nearly 200 people.
Ananda Village was established in 1969 by Paramhansa Yogananda’s direct disciple Swami Kriyananda in fulfillment Yogananda’s mission to build world-wide brotherhood communities. Ananda Village recently celebrated its 50th anniversary along with the dedication of the Temple of Light in July 2019. The Village is the spiritual center of Ananda Sangha, a global spiritual movement with a number of centers and communities around the world including Europe and India.
The Temple of Light is dedicated to all religions and serves as a beacon of blessings for the world. Areas of the temple sanctuary honor Buddhism, Sikhism, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, and Islam. You will need to remove your shoes before entering the sanctuary and silence should be maintained inside of the sanctuary. Please dress respectfully when you visit the community or the temple.
“I have read, heard about, and longed for interfaith unity. Today I experienced it. Now that we know what it is, we must go forward and share it with others.”
A Church of All Religions
On Saturday, July 6, 2019, of the 50th Anniversary of Ananda celebration, there was a panel of eight spiritual leaders representing the various world religions. We have built niches into the outer walls of Temple of Light and placed there sacred religious symbols, making the temple truly a temple of all religions, as Paramhansa Yogananda did with his temples, which he called “Churches of all Religions.”
During this special occasion, a panel of eight teachers spoke about how light shines from each of their faiths. A dear friend made a comment afterwards that was shared by many: “I have read, heard about, and longed for interfaith unity. Today I experienced it. Now that we know what it is, we must go forward and share it with others.”
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About the Temple
The Temple of Light is…
- A spiritual power center that will uplift human consciousness
- The spiritual home for seekers of truth worldwide
- The fulfillment of Paramhansa Yogananda’s and his disciple, Swami Kriyananda’s vision for Worldbrotherhood Communities
- A celebration of Ananda’s 50th Anniversary in 2019
- An example of Paramhansa Yogananda’s inspiration to “immortalize your ideals in architecture”
- A beacon of blessings for the world