Visiting Kali Mandir Ramakrishna Ashram


Scheduling a Visit to Kali Mandir During Pandemic

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 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 Kali Mandir will be maintaining our existing safety protocols, and festivals, important pujas, satsangs, and evening arati will continue to be broadcast live via our Facebook page.

But in order to making visiting the mandir easier for local devotees, appointments for darshan of Ma Dakshineswari Kali can now be made online below.

Important when visiting Kali Mandir:

  • Please visit only after making an appointment online and receiving your confirmation.
  • Please check yourself for coronavirus symptoms before visiting.
  • Please wear a covering over your nose and mouth.
  • 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 anyone outside your household.
  • 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 your visit to 15 minutes.
  • Our restrooms and the Hanuman and Shiva areas in the back are temporarily closed.
  • 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.

Make Your Appointment For Darshan:

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