A walker and flora/fauna lover’s dream in the city, this 10 acre prized piece of paradise is a former movie set arranged around a large spring-fed lake. In 1950 it was converted into a spiritual sanctuary when the land was bought by the Self-Realization Fellowship “Church of All Religions”. SRF was founded by Paramahansa Yogananada.
Placed discreetly around the lake are statues, waterfalls, fountains, grottos, lush gardens immaculately landscaped, and a windmill which houses a chapel. The windmill chapel hosted former Beatle George Harrison’s funeral service in 2001.
The lake is home to swans, ducks, koi, and lotus flowers. The grounds include the Ghandi World Peace Memorial, where a portion of Gandhi’s ashes is enshrined, a small museum with exhibits on Paramahansa Yogananda’s work, a gift shop with arts and crafts from India, and the Lake Shrine Temple.
Truly this is a rare refuge of stunning beauty and tranquility one must experience. Go here for hours & directions