International Headquarters

Established by Paramahansa Yogananda in 1925 in Los Angeles

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    This location is closed due to Covid-19 until further notice.


    Paramahansa Yogananda established the international headquarters, the Mother Center, of Self-Realization Fellowship in 1925. It is located on the crest of Mt. Washington, five miles from downtown Los Angeles. Here he lived and worked for more than twenty years, and from this center his lectures, writings, and recorded talks are published and made available worldwide.

    Also situated here are ashrams (monastic communities) for Self-Realization Fellowship monastics.

    Paramahansa Yogananda’s living quarters at the Mother Center have been preserved as a
    shrine, and there are exhibits of some of his personal effects in the library and reception hall. The chapel where he conducted services throughout the years is open daily for prayer and meditation. A lovely outdoor “temple of leaves,” where he often gave classes, also invites quiet reflection and meditation, and visitors are welcome to enjoy the Mother Center gardens.

    Visiting Hours

    Meditation Grounds, Chapel & Reception Hall

    Tuesday - Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    Sunday 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

    Closed on holidays

    Please telephone (323-225-2471) for current information.

    Visitor’s Center

    (just inside the entrance gate)

    Tuesday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - Noon

    1:40 - 4:30 p.m.

    Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

    1:15 - 4:30 p.m.

    Sunday 1:15 - 4:30 p.m.

    Closed on Mondays & holidays

    Books, recordings, and videos are available for purchase. Complimentary introductory literature is also available.


    3880 San Rafael Avenue
    Los Angeles, CA 90065

    (323) 225-2471

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