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Lake Shrine Temple

In the middle of the hustle and bustle of LA lies Lake Shrine Temple, a spiritual retreat owned by the Self-Realization Fellowship. The Self-Realization Fellowship follows the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda, who used yoga as a means to recharge your body with energy, to reawaken the mind’s unlimited power, and to experience a deepened awareness of God.

The Temple grounds are sprawling, with beautiful gardens, a natural spring-fed lake, and of course the Temple itself. I let out a deep breath when I stepped onto the site, and instantly felt more calm.

Come, take a walk with me…

Lake Shrine Temple - Los Angeles California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Lake Shrine Temple - Los Angeles California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Lake Shrine Temple - Los Angeles California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Lake Shrine Temple - Los Angeles California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

This beautiful site is the Mahatma Gandhi World Peace Memorial, which has a portion of Gandhi’s ashes enshrined here.

Lake Shrine Temple - Los Angeles California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

This structure was my favorite part of Lake Shrine Temple grounds. Isn’t it just beautiful?! And so out of place in LA.

Lake Shrine Temple - Los Angeles California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Lake Shrine Temple - Los Angeles California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Lake Shrine Temple - Los Angeles California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Lake Shrine Temple - Los Angeles California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Lake Shrine Temple - Los Angeles California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Beautiful flora and fauna were scattered at the edge of the pathway, all in full bloom.

Lake Shrine Temple - Los Angeles California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Lake Shrine Temple - Los Angeles California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Lake Shrine Temple - Los Angeles California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Lake Shrine Temple - Los Angeles California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Lake Shrine Temple - Los Angeles California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Lake Shrine Temple - Los Angeles California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Lake Shrine Temple - Los Angeles California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Lake Shrine Temple - Los Angeles California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Lake Shrine Temple - Los Angeles California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Lake Shrine Temple - Los Angeles California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Lake Shrine Temple - Los Angeles California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Lake Shrine Temple - Los Angeles California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Lake Shrine Temple - Los Angeles California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

You can see the Temple peeking out in the background of this picture. Unfortunately it was closed at the time I visited the grounds, but tours are available and services are regularly held at the Temple.

Lake Shrine Temple - Los Angeles California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

At last I came to the end of my walk. I left Lake Shrine Temple feeling refreshed, recharged, and ready to take on another excruciatingly hot LA day.

Lake Shrine Temple - Los Angeles California travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Stay cool my LA friends. It’s a scorcher out there!

~S

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