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Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple

Navaratri Yoga Retreat

In many cultures and throughout India the fall season plays host to a rich confluence of traditions and rituals honoring Gods and Goddesses in their myriad forms. It offers a time of transition from the harvest season to nature’s cycle of a darker, more inwardly focused time. Through the inspiration of our revered Guru, Sri Baba Hari Dass, we will come together during the last three days of this Navaratri festival to honor and celebrate the inspiring story of Lord Rama, Sita and Hanuman as told in the spiritual epic, The Ramayana. Mornings are devoted to intensive yoga practice and Puja ritual and in the evenings we visit the wondrous tale of the Ramayana in story, dance, and music culminating on the final day with the ceremonial destruction of the Great Demon King Ravana, representing the virtuous mind prevailing over ignorance and negativity. Participants will have time to join in the creation of the Ravana effigy. A closing Vedic Fire Ceremony for blessings will end our retreat. There will be thematic presentations on the deeper yogic symbolism of the Ramayana and time for conversation and discussion about those teachings. This retreat is designed for people at all levels of experience from beginners to advanced students.



Make a reservation to visit this Saturday

*Please note reservations can only be made online*


The Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple is a project sponsored by the Hanuman Fellowship and is located within the grounds of the Mount Madonna Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences, a residential private retreat and conference center. Established in 1978 by the students of Baba Hari Dass, Mount Madonna Center is a community designed to nurture the creative arts and the health sciences within a context of personal and spiritual growth. Residents of the Center are a group whose talents and interests are unified by the common practice of Yoga.

We welcome you to our Temple and Center. Please be mindful that many guests come to the Center for meditation and contemplation. We encourage quiet and reflection. Please keep your children with you and help us to preserve our peaceful atmosphere.

Temple Hours:

The Temple and Mount Madonna Center are open to day visitors:

  • Monday through Saturday 6:00am - 7:00pm and
  • Sundays from 4:00pm - 7:00pm only.
  • Unfortunately, guests arriving before 4:00pm on Sundays cannot be accommodated.

    To visit on Saturday, please make a reservation.

    *Please note reservations can only be made online*

    Arati is performed daily at 6:30am and 6:00pm.  

    Picnicking is not permitted on our property. There are picnicking facilities a mile and a half up the road at Mount Madonna County Park (408) 842-2341. Please do not bring food to Mount Madonna Center or to Kim Son Monastary.

    For more information, visit our Info Page.