ADDRESS: 285 Legion St., Laguna Beach TELEPHONE: (949) 494-5815
DENOMINATION: Hare Krishna YEAR ESTABLISHED: 1981 SERVICE TIMES: Sunday
worship is at 6 p.m. followed by a Sunday feast; daily worship is held
from 5 to 9 a.m. TEMPLE PRESIDENT: Tukaram Das SIZE OF CONGREGATION:
300 MAKEUP OF CONGREGATION: Members come from throughout greater Orange
County. TYPE OF WORSHIP: The worship service is monotheistic -- the
doctrine or belief that there is one God. The congregation practices
devotional service to God through the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra
and reading from the main scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita. Members of the
Hare Krishna movement practice mantra meditation, which is meant to
“relieve the mind of anxieties arising from worldly entanglement.” The
group also practices vegetarianism, which is held through a feast
following the service, because they feel the killing of animals is
equivalent to the killing human beings.
RECENT SERMONS: Tukaram Das has recently talked about the nature of
the soul and its relation to God, as well as the process of
DRESS: Male temple members wear the traditional saffron-colored robes
called dhotis, to signify celibacy. Married male members wear white
dhotis, and all female members wear traditional saris. Those entering the
temple must remove their shoes. CHURCH PROGRAMS: A main scriptural
reading class is held daily at 7:30 a.m. during the morning service.
MISSION STATEMENT: “Reconnect ourselves with our relationship with
INTERESTING NOTE: An all-you-can eat vegetarian lunch club is held
from noon to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday for $5.