Malibu Hindu Temple, Calabasas

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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.ManagementUntil his death in July 2017, Indian American tax consultant Nadadur Vardhan served as the temple's president. The temple is generally managed by Hindu Temple society of Southern California.Temple complexThe Hindu temple has 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 the presiding deity, both complexes have shrines for other deities.In popular cultureIn 1997, the temple was used in a small scene in the movie Beverly Hills Ninja starring Chris Farley, and in 1998 in a song in the Tamil film Jeans. In January 2006, the pop-star singer Britney Spears had her 4-month-old son blessed in a large ceremony by the Hindu priests of this temple. The event had worldwide coverage in the media.
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  • Came here w some clients and this is a magnificent area hidden in the middle of no where. It was quite busy when we came but with the sun shinning down at 103 it was quite hot on the feet especially f...  more »
  • Beautiful temple nestled in the Santa Monica mountains near the King Gillette Ranch Visitor's Center. Free parking. Take off your shoes, place them on the rack and explore the temple. Both a quick pit...  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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