Temple of Light


The Temple of Light represents the heart and soul of Ananda Worldwide, offering a place for every truth seeker to celebrate, worship and experience the Divine light within.

It is a beacon for people everywhere, and a symbol of Ananda’s mission to bring Paramhansa Yogananda’s universal teachings of Self-realization into this world.

The Temple of Light is a focal point of Ananda’s worldwide outreach and

  • Hosts in-person events and gatherings – talks, classes, sacred services and musical performances
  • Provides state-of-the-art global broadcasting and recording 
  • Offers visitors and guests to Ananda Village a sanctuary for contemplation and meditation
  • Serves as a beacon of blessings for the world, dedicated to all religions

Temple of Light Hours

Monday through Friday: 9am  to 12pm & 1pm-4pm

Saturdays: 10am to 4 pm – Altar Prep Team happening on Saturdays (You’re welcome to meditate, but there may be talking, etc.)

Sundays: Fire ceremony and Purification 10 am / Sunday Service 11 am. Temple open throughout the day.

*The Temple may be reserved on occasion for special events that are not listed here. If you would like to make sure you can visit, please call 530-478-7500 before you plan to visit*

A few Guidelines

  • Remove your shoes and place in the cubbies provided before entering the Sanctuary.
  • Others may be meditating in the Sanctuary, please observe silence when inside.

"...the Temple of Light and the energy that we experience within it is the physical and vibrational manifestation of what has been happening here at Ananda for the last fifty plus years…it just thrills me to come in here."

Temple of Light Endowment Fund

To sustain the Temple of Light at Ananda Village as the hub for Ananda’s worldwide movement we are establishing an endowment fund. This fund, administered by Ananda Janaka Foundation, will protect, secure and strengthen the original investment we made to build this iconic temple in 2019. 

temple inside

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 afterward 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.”