Chinmaya Rameshwaram - LA

Swami Ishwarananda

Swami Ishwarananda is the resident senior monk at Chinmaya Mission Los Angeles. An accomplished master of Vedanta philosophy, Swamiji explains the universality of spiritual teachings in a simplified manner for audiences to grasp and for seekers to implement teachings in day-to-day living. Several companies, universities, and inter-faith consortiums routinely reach out to Swamiji for delivering talks to their employees, students, and congregations. Swamiji is presently one of the Directors of Chinmaya Mission West (CMW) which oversees the activities in North America. Previously, Swamiji was part of Chinmaya Mission Bangalore where he served as the secretary.

Inspired by Param Pujya Swami Chinmayananda and with the guidance of Swami Brahmananda, Swamiiji left his field of software consultancy and joined Sandeepany Sadhanalaya in Mumbai in 1991. Upon completing his Brahmachari training in 1993, as Brahmachari Someshwar Chaitanya, he served Chinmaya Mission Centers in Bangalore and Calcutta and eventually became resident Acharya of Chinmaya Mission Los Angeles. In March of 2000, he was given sanyas deeksha by Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda and was named Swami Ishwarananda. Swamiji served the mission in Los Angeles until 2001. Swamiji was then made the Acharya in charge of Sandeepany Sadhanalaya in Mumbai for the 12th Brahmachari batch from 2002 through 2004, thereafter returning to Los Angeles.

Swamiji is a dynamic speaker; has given talks on Vedanta, stress management, management techniques, and other such related fields; and has also authored many books.

Deity: Kasi Vishhwanatha

Consecration Date : Consecration date – The first temple known as Kasi was inagurated by Guruji Swami Tejomayanandaji in January 1996; second temple Mithila, in June 2005 by guruji. Both got merged in January 2010 and became Rameshwaram.
Location Address:
Chinmaya Mission Los Angeles, 14451 Franklin Ave. Tustin, CA 92780
Phone: +1-714-832 7669
Temple Timing: (facilities are currently closed to public due to COVID-19 restrictions)
Temple Description :Lord Shiva, Lord Rama Parivar, Lord Ganesha, Sri Adi Shanakaracharya, Pujya Gurudev. Kasi symbolically indicates the brilliance and splendour of Consciousness that shines in the dawn of spiritual wisdom. The Shiva Linga was consecrated on 19th February 1996, by Swami Chidananda. The idol of Lord Shiva was installed on 4th August 1996 by Pujya Swami Tejomayananda. Daily pujas along with cultural, spiritual and educational activities are conducted here. Shivaratri celebrations attract large crowds.
Temple activities:Daily puja for all deities. Special weekly Shiva puja (Mondays), Devi puja (Tuesdays) Rama puja (Fridays). Visit website for timing details and list of other events.
Festivals celebrated : Mahashivaratri, Sri Rama Navami with Nav-din-parayan, Holi, India Fest (cultural festival of states), Gurudev’s Jayanti, Janamashtami, Bathukamma, Navaratri- Golu, Raas & Garba and Diwali/Gujarati New Year
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Address: 14451 Franklin Ave. Tustin, California 92780
Phone: (714) 832-7669

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