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Please click here to donate online. You will be directed to the Self-Realization Fellowship Donation page to complete your donation to the Hollywood Temple Building Fund.

Also, see the FAQ section for more ways to donate through the transfer of stocks and bonds (tax-deductible and penalty-free).


Donate by Credit Card (Phone)

Call Hollywood Temple at (323) 661-8006, open Tuesday - Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

 or 

SRF Mother Center at (818) 549-5151 and indicate that your donation is for the Hollywood Temple Building Fund. 

Donate by Check

Please make check payable to Self-Realization Fellowship and write “Hollywood Temple Building Fund" on the memo line of the check.

 Please send your check to:
Self-Realization Fellowship Hollywood Temple
4860 West Sunset Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90027

"Every gift (including small ones) is deeply appreciated. India Hall is one of the rare existing buildings constructed by Paramahansa Yogananda and we hope you will feel the joy of building with him—of being part of this group of devotees who make Gurudeva’s Lower India Hall accessible to all, now and in the years to come."

A Message from the Hollywood Temple Minister:

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"I recently had the blessed opportunity to visit India Hall. It was so filled with peace and joy that I left transformed in that feeling and speechless for minutes by the incredible power of that space."

J. G., Massachusetts

“The moment you enter India Hall, you feel the living presence of the Divine. I’ve had some of my best meditations and inspirational services at India Hall! I pray that the temple can raise enough funds in time for the elevator to be ready for the thousands of members and friends who will visit next year for the centennial celebrations.” 

G.V., India

Friends of Hollywood Temple share their joy. 

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1) What is in the scope of the $1.5M project?

a. An elevator that goes from the ground level to the lower level of India Hall. The stairs leading down to Lower India Hall, where we hold many of our special events, are steep and  entirely unsafe for the elderly, disabled, and temporarily disabled, making it impossible for them to participate in events here. Therefore, we need  to build an elevator that descends from the ground level to the lower level. In order to accomplish this, a significant amount of ground excavation and drainage, which is quite costly, is required. This excavation and construction will be done underneath some of our parking lot and parking lot entrance areas.

b. Handicap ramp. The main entrance from the parking lot to the temple is not safely accessible to the elderly or disabled. The project will allow all to enter the temple facilities from the parking lot entrance.

c. 250 square feet of underground storage. Our sacred Temple grounds are located in the heart of Hollywood, California, in an area that is densely populated, making it impossible to expand our facility horizontally. However, we are able to add more much-needed storage underneath our parking lot, next to the new elevator.


2) What are the options for donating to the Hollywood Temple Building Fund for the accessibility project?

There are many ways that you can financially support this project to help us meet our goals. They include:

Monetary gifts are the most popular type of charitable gifts and are fully deductible up to 50% of your adjusted gross income in the year of the gift. You may donate on the SRF website.

Automatic Recurring Gifts are generally done on a monthly basis by setting up a recurring donation to the Hollywood Temple Building Fund on the SRF website. You may change the donation frequency to monthly further down the form, after you enter your mailing address on the website. 

Matching Gifts. Many companies offer matching gift programs to encourage employees to contribute to charitable organizations. Check with your company to see if it offers a matching gift program. If it does, you can request a matching gift form from them and send the completed form with your gift to Self-Realization Fellowship Hollywood Temple Building Fund.

Gifts of Appreciated Securities. Your gift of long term (more than one year) appreciated securities to us provides you with an income tax deduction for the full market value of the donated stock or bond, up to 30 percent of your adjusted gross income; and allows you to bypass the capital gains tax on any unrealized appreciation on the security.

Gifts of Mutual Funds. Mutual fund shares that have appreciated in value are another charitable gift option.

For more information on giving in these ways, please contact the SRF Planned Giving Department at (323) 276-5656, and specify that you would like your gift to go to the Hollywood Temple Building Fund.


3) What is the status of the funds raised thus far?

The SRF Hollywood Temple has been raising funds for the Accessibility Expansion Project for the last 7 years. In that time, our population of 300 lay members, congregants, and friends of Hollywood Temple – many of whom have fixed or modest incomes – have raised $800,000, which is more than half of the amount needed to fund the entire project. Many have volunteered their time in labor and skills to maintain the temple to Guruji’s impeccable standards. These volunteers ensure that our Paramahansaji’s blessed Hollywood Temple, and the adjacent India Hall (which he built from the ground up in 1951), are blissful points of entry for visitors from all of the world.

In order to continue to do this, we need your support and are now reaching out to our Guru’s global community to support our efforts in making Hollywood Temple accessible to all

Are you able to help us raise the remaining $700,000?

If you have questions about the impact of your contribution, please call Hollywood Temple at (323) 661-8006, Tuesday - Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

10,000+ visit Paramahansa Yogananda's India Hall every year, but not all can enter.

Donations we receive in response to this appeal will be deposited into the Hollywood Temple Building Fund at the Mother Center and will be used as outlined in the video below, and may also be used to cover large maintenance expenses associated with the temple's and ashram's buildings and future meeting facilities, grounds, equipment, furniture, vehicles, fundraising expenses, and any potential future property purchases. 

Your contribution is their entry.

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The Accessibility Improvement Project is important for the safety and future of Hollywood Temple. 

India Hall is one of the only buildings built from the ground up by Paramahansa Yogananda

In 1951, our Guru established India Hall, envisioning it as a meeting place to advocate cultural and spiritual understanding between East and West.

Permeated with the Guru’s divine presence, India Hall continues to serve as a center of spiritual fellowship, cultural exchange, study, and meditation. And, it is the only SRF building in continuous use today that was constructed from scratch under Paramahansaji’s guidance.

The stairways are not safe for all people

The stairs leading down to Lower India Hall, where we hold many of our special events, are steep and entirely unsafe for friends and members with general physical challenges, making it impossible for them to visit Paramahansaji's cherished Lower India Hall.

Every year members who visit Hollywood Temple during the Self-Realization Fellowship Convocation view a video in Lower India Hall of Paramahansa Yogananda dedicating India Hall.

Delaying construction is expensive and unadvisable

A significant amount of ground excavation and drainage is needed to install the elevator, which is quite costly. If we are unable to start construction by this fall, incumbent delays of any kind (for permitting, construction, excavation, drainage, design, etc.) will only increase costs and even possibly result in more restrictive permit conditions required by the City.

The window of opportunity is now so that we can accomplish our accessibility goals to realize this vital project.

Your financial support will make possible

An elevator to Lower India Hall.

Handicap accessible entrance from the parking lot to the temple grounds.

250 square feet of underground storage adjacent to India Hall.

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How can you contribute?

Accomplishing our $1.5 million goal is not possible without the help of the SRF community. Our 300 local lay members are dedicated to doing what we can to raise funds locally, and, as a congregation, we thank you for your support.

The Accessibility Improvement Project requires excavation prior to the installation of the elevator. Furthermore..... Not too many more words.

Once complete, this pilgrimage location will become accessible to all visitors. 

Where will your funds go?

Every year it is such a joy for our congregation to host visitors from all over the world. This project will ensure that all of Paramahansa Yogananda's most senior monastic disciples may visit and lecture at this holy pilgramage location. 

H.Z., Hollywood

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Questions about the impact of your contribution? 

Please call Hollywood Temple at (323) 661-8006, Tuesday - Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.