By Deb Flomberg
The Lake Shrine Temple is a fascinating piece of California history and a beautiful destination for mediation, spiritual growth and relaxation. You can visit the 10-acre site and stroll the beautiful gardens and spiritual sanctuary, finding spots to meditate or just sit and relax, or you can explore the many different plants and animals that call the sanctuary home. You will also want to see the Court of Religions, which includes the Mahatma Gandhi World Peace Memorial. The memorial is home to a portion of Ghandi’s ashes and a museum with exhibits on the shrine, the temple and the founder.
The story of the Lake Shrine Temple is really very interesting. It began life in the early 1920s as a location that was used to film silent movies. The property was eventually purchased by H. Everett McElroy, known as Big Mac, and he began converting the property into the beautiful gardens that still exist today. Big Mac brought his Mississippi-style houseboat over and built the Mill House and the Dutch Windmill. However, in the late 1940s Big Mac had a dream, as the story goes, and envisioned his property as a “Church of All Religions.” After a quick search he found the Self-Realization Fellowship Church of All Religions in Hollywood. He wrote a letter to Paramahansa Yogananda, the founder of the church, but then made a phone call before the letter was delivered. The story continues that when Big Mac called the Guru he answered, “You have some property for sale, don’t you?” Long before he’d even received the letter that Big Mac had mailed. The rest is history, as Paramahansa Yogananda purchased the property and created the spiritual oasis that is there today.
A visit to the Lake Shrine Temple is something truly special. You’ll love strolling the amazing grounds, finding your own inner-peace with nature, and meditating in the sanctuary. This Shrine is open to all, regardless of religion or affiliation, so be sure to visit this beautiful destination. Of course this stunning trip is made perfect when you set out in the 2013 GL350 SUV from Mercedes-Benz of Encino. You will love the elegance and comfort as you set out for the Lake Shrine, plus you’ll have plenty of room to bring along a few friends or your whole family. After all, the Lake Shrine is something that everyone should be able to visit.
Deb Flomberg grew up in the mountains, developed a love for the beach and has found happiness on the open road. She is now a freelance writer, theater professional and travel enthusiast happy to be writing about the things she loves most.
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