Hindu Temples and Cultural Resources

There is a large and vibrant Indo-American community in San Diego, many members of which are Hindu. There are also a fair number of Americans from other ethnic backgrounds who have an interest in Hindu spirituality. Hence, there are a good number of interesting places to visit for students wishing to see varied aspects of Hinduism in practice. Below is a list of temples and other sites that have agreed to welcome USD students who are interested in learning more about how Hindu traditions are celebrated in the San Diego area.

Students planning visits should remember that they are guests. This means that they should check to confirm that the day and time of their visit is suitable and make special efforts to make sure that they and any companions observe dress codes and etiquette guidelines. It is assumed that students will be on their best behavior and be culturally sensitive, thereby representing USD well in the wider community.

Before visiting temples, please read this page carefully: Temple Etiquette and Dress Code

Hindu Temples and Centers


Shri Mandir
The Hindu Mandir Society of San Diego
9474 Black Mountain Road, #L
San Diego, California 92126
(858) 566-5644

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Vedic Cultural and Spiritual Center of San Diego – Shiva Vishnu Temple
9252 Miramar Road
San Diego, CA, 92126 xombi
(858) 549-3940
information@vcscsd.org

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San Diego Sai Baba Temple
9252 Miramar Road, Suite 6
San Diego, CA, 92126.
(858) 859-5724
shirdisaiseva@sandiegosaibaba.org

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Note: Both the Shiva Vishnu Temple and the Sai Baba Temple are located close to each other in the same mall. Visit both!


San Diego Ammachi Satsang
Weekly meetings at various locations in San Diego County
sdAmmaSatsang@yahoo.com

Mata Amritanandamayi official website: amma.org


Chinmaya Jyoti Ashram
12249 Ninth Street
Poway, CA 92064
858-748-2013

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Hare Krishna San Diego
International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON)
1030 Grand Ave
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 272-8263
krishna.sandiego@gmail.com

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Vedanta Society of Southern California
Ramakrishna Monastery
1440 Upas Street
San Diego, CA 92103-5129
(619) 291-9377
sandiego@vedanta.org

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Other San Diego Area Resources

San Diego Museum of Art
1450 El Prado, Balboa Park
San Diego, California
(619) 232-7931

The Edwin Binney 3rd Collection | Google Map

Hours and Admission: $8, college students with I.D.; $5 extended hours on Friday evenings, and monthly free admission days for San Diego County residents.


Indian Music and Dance

Check the following links for concerts of Indian music and dance, most of which would be fine field trip opportunities:

Center for World Music and Related Arts


Indian Fine Arts Academy of San Diego


In the LA Area

Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
15100 Fairfield Ranch Road
Chino Hills, California 91709

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Malibu Hindu Temple
1600 Las Virgenes Canyon Road
Calabasas, CA 91302
(818) 880-5552

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Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 857-6000

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Norton Simon Museum of Art
411 W. Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91105-1825
( 626) 449-6840

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