Visiting Kali Mandir Ramakrishna Ashram


COVID-19 Phase one reopening

Jai Ma!

Dear devotees,

We are trying our best to behave responsibly to prevent the community spread of the virus as well as protect the health and safety of our resident staff and guests (some of whom are in the high-risk category for life-threatening complications if they contract the virus). Kali Mandir has been closed to the public since March 13th.

The state of California has updated restrictions and recommendations for places of worship. In light of this guidance, Kali Mandir is taking cautious steps towards reopening, a process complicated by that the fact that the temple room and our living quarters are the same.

Our temple room has the space-equivalent of a living room, so it is not yet possible to have gatherings and still follow protocols for physical distancing. For now, festivals, important pujas, satsangs, and evening arati will continue to be broadcast live via our Facebook page.

But now we are inviting local devotees to visit the mandir for darshan of Ma Dakshineswari Kali by appointment. Please contact Kali Mandir by phone or email to make an appointment to visit.

When visiting Kali Mandir:

  • Please visit only after confirming with us directly your appointment time.
  • Please check yourself for coronavirus symptoms before visiting.
  • Please wear a covering over your nose and mouth.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available in the courtyard.
  • We will open the large glass doors, giving full darshan of Ma from outside in the courtyard. Please do not directly enter the temple-room.
  • Please try to maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet from our resident staff.
  • To help maintain physical distancing, if other devotees are in the courtyard when you arrive, please wait for them to leave before entering.
  • Please keep visits under 15 minutes.
  • Offerings of flowers may not be offered on the altar immediately, but will be offered when they can be safely processed by our staff. Please do not bring fruit or cooked food at this time.
  • Our restrooms and the Hanuman and Shiva areas in the back are temporarily closed.
  • Packets of prashad and kumkum will be available in the courtyard to take home.
  • Although Kali Mandir is taking all possible safety measures, it is impossible to guarantee that visitors will not be exposed to coronavirus. Those who visit are doing so at their own risk, and Kali Mandir cannot be held responsible for any potential exposures.

Please note that the CDC has advised that certain groups of people may be at higher risk from coronavirus. This includes people over 65 years of age, and people with underlying conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, or lung conditions. Please consult with your doctor for guidance on visiting any public places. Also, anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath should stay home and consult their doctor. Anyone who has had symptoms of Covid-19 should wait two weeks after the symptoms end, or consult their doctor as to when it is safe to leave the house. Those who may have had intimate contact with someone with the virus or with someone with symptoms should follow the same precautions.

With prayers for the health, safety, and prosperity of you and yours,
Kali Mandir Staff

Kali Mandir is a shrine to the Divine Mother in a personal home on a private street in a residential neighborhood. Our ashram’s mission is to promote the traditional culture of Sanatana Dharma, to enable all devotees to come closer to Divine Mother Kali and to encourage spiritual values like modesty and respect. The way we dress and the way we act has an impact on ourselves as well as others around us. To help maintain the sanctity and purity of the ashram, we request that you follow our dress code, etiquette guidelines and hours.

  • Please bathe before visiting the mandir and wear clean clothes.
  • Please do not wear shorts, short skirts or tank-tops (exception: small children can wear shorts).
  • Do not wear leather in the mandir.
  • Shoes are not allowed past the gate of Mother’s courtyard.
  • Out of consideration for our neighbors and respect for the ashram residents, please strictly observe our visiting hours and do not loiter, make noise in our parking area or wander though the neighborhood.
  • Do not bring meat, fish, eggs, alcohol, ganja or illegal drugs onto the property.
  • Do not come while intoxicated.
  • Turn off or silence your cell phone. If you need to make a call, please do so outside.
  • Do not pick tulsi leaves or flowers from the gardens.
  • Do not point your feet towards deities or sit with your back to the altar.
  • All are welcome to bring offering for Ma such as flowers, fruit, sweets, ghee, sesame oil, perfume, incense and new jewelry or new saris. All offerings must not contain any meat, eggs, gelatin, onion or garlic. Please read ingredients very carefully. In donating milk, please note that we only use organic whole milk.
  • As we are in a high fire-danger area, lighting candles, oil lamps, camphor or incense is strictly forbidden. All are welcome to bathe the beautiful Shiva Lingam installed in our garden with water only. Do not pour milk or any other substances besides water on the Shiva Lingam.
  • Out of consideration for our neighbors and respect for the ashram residents, please strictly observe our visiting hours and do not loiter, make noise in our parking area or wander though the neighborhood.

10AM – 12 NOON  &  6PM – 8PM
ARATI:  6:30PM