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Malibu Hindu Temple, Calabasas

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Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Malibu Hindu Temple, a temple of the Hindu god Venkateswara, built in 1981, is located in the city of Calabasas near Malibu, California, in the Santa Monica Mountains. It is owned and operated by the Hindu Temple Society of Southern California. Built in the traditional South Indian style, it is frequented by followers of Hinduism in Southern California. It is one of the largest Hindu temples in the Western hemisphere.
The priests are situated and live on the grounds of the temple. The temple has many gatherings for ceremonies and provides numerous spaces for meditation and picnicking. It has a full stage for special cultural and Hindu programs.

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  • Beautiful place to visit! Staff is very friendly. You are allowed to walk in with socks. They sell food and tea cash or ATM card. Clean restrooms and picnic tables.  more »
  • This temple in Malibu near Los Angeles is fantastic. Architecturally very beautiful inside out, one gets positive vibes inside the temple. Photography is not permitted inside the temple. Certainly...  more »
  • A beautiful serene place, just go and sit there in the peaceful atmosphere and come out with your mind fully rejuvenated and soothed. Also, the food served in the cafeteria is really satisfying and almost free. When we visited we were served by a super cool guy named Ganesha who also cooks the food. I have to mention his name because I was really impressed with his kindness and humility. A must visit place, no matter what religion you belong to, everyone is welcome.
  • I reminded myself to drive slower and be aware of the quiet surroundings and the purpose of this Hindu temple. I didn't know what to expect but I knew I had to put my best foot forward and respect others who came to worship. Remove your shoes upon arrival, rack were at clear sight; immediately a friendly signage telling you donations were gladly accepted for the upkeep of the temple as well as the whereabouts of other facilities. I found myself stopped at almost every other foot step gazing at the white lively sculptures, goddess and elephants. Perhaps I felt the dusk under my feet, but that didn't stop me from wandering further and perhaps the hot ceramic tiles reminds me of overcoming challenges and obstacles, I felt humility. By noon, I must left this temple; but the smile on my face never left my mind. "I am very happy and peaceful."

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