Chinmaya Rameshwaram - LA
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.
Shri Mahadevan ji
Mahadevanji, a retiree from the Aerospace Industry with a degree in Physics, was whisked into
Chinmaya Mission in 1978 by the compassionate Master Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda. He
started Bala Vihar® and youth classes in 1982 in Southern California; presently, more than 1250 children
Mahadevanji is also a music and bhajan teacher and started the Shruti Music Choir of Kasi and Mithila,
exclusively for children. He gives talks for youth and adults at Mithila and Kasi Centers and in
universities, schools, and colleges around Southern California. Mahadevanji gives talks on the Bhagavad
Gita to adults and conducted other Vedanta talks on Bhaja Govindam, Atma Bodha, Sri Rama Gita,
Upadesha Sara, and Yoga Vasishtha.
Mahadevanji is also the Secretary of Chinmaya Mission in Southern California. In the summer of 2008 he
was blessed by Pujya Guruji to teach at Chinmaya Mission Rameshwaram where he conducts regular
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.
Chinmaya Mission Los Angeles, 14451 Franklin Ave. Tustin, CA 92780
Phone: +1-714-832 7669
Temple Timing: https://chinmayala.org/location/ (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 www.chinmayala.org 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
Web link: www.chinmayala.org
Live Streaming Link: www.youtube.com/c/chinmayalachannel
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Address: 14451 Franklin Ave. Tustin, California 92780
Phone: (714) 832-7669
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