Dedicated in honor of the Hindu god Venkateswara, this Hindu temple tucked away in the Santa Monica mountains is said to be one of the largest Hindu temples on the West Coast.
The Temple is owned and operated by the Hindu Temple Society of Southern California.
It actually contains 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 these, both complexes have shrines for other deities.
Don’t forget to take your shoes off before entering the Temple. I forgot to take mine off until I got upstairs, oops. I felt really terrible about it but thankfully no none made a fuss. I’m sure karma will get me back on that one.
Britney Spears was spotted here in 2006, where she reportedly was getting a blessing for her baby son, Sean Preston.
An expansive subterranean room provides a space for services and recitals of complex Indian traditional music.
An outdoor deck features more murtis in individual shrines, and an elevated central temple stands in veneration of the temple’s namesake.
An incense-laced marble-laden sanctuary dedicated to Shiva features tiered chandeliers and multiple mandirs for other gods.
A murtis in one of the outdoor deck shrines.
It’s very Dr. Seussy.
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Hindu Cloud Magic
The deities at the Malibu Hindu Temple include Venkateswara, Rama, Lakshman, Sita, Hanuman, Ganesh, Padmavathi, Bhoodevi, Shiva, Krishna & Radha.
The temple has a devotee base of over 200,000 with a member base of nearly 3,000.