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Sri Lakshminarayana Mandir, Riverside, CA

Hindu Society Of Inland Empire, CA
9292 Magnolia Ave. Riverside, CA 92503 U.S.A. Tel. (951) 359-4743

Temple Hours

weekdays 9 am to noon
and 5 pm to 8 pm

weekends 9 am to 8 pm

Hindu Society of Inland Empire (HSIE) formed

Byelaws for HSIE completed

Current Temple Site was purchased


Dr.Shukavak Dasa joins the Mandir as the first priest.
On Krishna Janmastami Day, the Utsav Murtis of Sri Lakshmi Narayan are installed.


Perimeter wall is built and internal improvements are made in January.
The tradition of Sunday Puja and Prasad begins in February.
City of Riverside approves conditional use permit for the Temple in May.
The main altar with parikrama is built.
Murti-stapanam of Sri Lakshmi and Sri Narayan occurs in August.

Sri Durga Devi Murti installed during Durgashtami.
Sri Ganesh murti installed during Ganesh Chaturthi
Jaya, Vijaya and Garuda Murtis installed during Sri Krishna Janmastami
Sri Hanuman Murti installed in November

Opening of the Shiva Mandir is held during Maha Sivaratri in March.
Installations of Sri Shiva, Parvathi, Nandi and a Shiva Lingam occurred during that day.

Building of extensive facades and arches over each of the altars was done during the summer.
Sri Bal Gopal Murti with carved wooden swing installed during Sri Krishna Janmastami.
Sri Saraswati Murti installed during the Saraswati Puja/Graduation Day in June.

A second priest Pandit Seshacharya Samudrala joins the Mandir in September.

A Board of Directors is established and begins meeting quarterly.

Monthly Durga Puja is performed on the first Saturday of the month.
A grand construction inauguration is held in April.
Remodeling and outside construction of the Temple occurs.
A marble donor wall is installed to recognize construction donors.


Seniors Upanishad study group is established in April.
Teens Bhagavad Gita class and “Gita Gossip” newsletter are started.
Annual Youth Summer Camp starts in last week of June.
Sri Lakshmi Narayan Library opened in December.
Sapthas in Hindi and Gujarati are started.
A website for the Temple was created.

$32,762 was raised for Gujarat Earthquake Relief Fund.
Mandir members participate in the candlelight vigil for 9/11 victims.
Balaji Mandir is constructed.
Installation of Sri Venkateswara Murti occurs during November –December.

All the altars at the Mandir were beautified with marble stones.
Padma Peetham and the hand-carved wooden doors for Balaji are installed.

An official Festival Committee is created.
A gift shop is opened.
The beautiful Kalyana Mandapam is added.
Vikki Truver is hired as the Mandir supervisor.

Internal and External beautification of the Mandir continues.
The first Gujarati Friday Puja as a monthly event is started.
The Lalitha Sahasranamam recitation begins as a monthly event.
A shoe rack on the Mandir patio is built by the Boy Scouts.
The first annual Sri Lakshmi Narayan Mandir calendar/panchang is printed.


Multiple hand-made embroidered curtains are added.
Beautiful hand-carved Shiva Mandir doors are installed during Maha Sivaratri.
The parking lot is resurfaced and restriped.
Fans with lights are installed in the Mandir Patio.
10-year anniversary of the Temple celebrated as a 3-day Mahotsav.
The altars are further beautified with gold tile as trim.

Pandit Vipul Jani joins as the third priest.
The kitchen is remodeled and beautified with granite and tile.
The first youth volunteers recognition progam is held.

An Om fence is installed enclosing the patio.
Navagraha Murtis sthapana occurs during a 3-day weekend event.
Three carved granite signs are placed on the outside Mandir walls.

Professional actors from India perform a Ram Leela play at the Mandir.


Mandir murthis are restored and beautified.

Maha Mruthyunjaya Japa is held every Monday evening
Another monthly Durga Puja is performed on the third Saturday of the month.
About us
Dr. Shukavak N. Dasa
Pandit Seshacharyulu Samudrala
Pandit Vipul Jani
Pandit Giriraj Bhandari

Board of Directors:
Chairman: Sreenivas Nakka
Past-Chairman: Surendra Sharma
Vice-Chairman: Rakesh Gupta
Secretary: Pani Chakrapani

Murtis :

Shri Lakshmi Narayan Mandir is unique because unlike other temples in Southern California which have placed their Deities in a row, the Mandir has seperate areas for the main deities. Shri Lakshmi Narayan are centrally located with a parikrama enabling the circumambulation of the deities. Shri Venkateshwara and Shiva Parvati also have similar parikramas. Shri Lakshmi Narayan Mandir also has altars for Saraswati Devi, Durga Devi, Ganesh Ji and Hanuman Ji. There is also a seperate altar for Navagrahas.


Raksha Bandan 21 August, 2013 Raksha Bandan

Shri Krishna Janmastami
28 August, 2013

6:00 pm 
Abhishekam and Puja
7:15 pm
8:15 pm 
9:00 pm

12:00 am
Krishna Janam and Aarti
Raksha Bandhan at Temple 25 August, 2013
Satyanarayan katha 11;00 am
Children Program 12:30 pm
Aarthi 1:30 pm
Prasad 2:00 pm
Swami Chidatmananda 23 August, 2013
Discourse on  DIVINE POWER
Swami Chidatmananda
Regional Head, Chinmaya Mission, Andhra Pradesh, India

7:30 to 9:00 pm
Food made and served by Mandir Volunteers

Services :

Durga Mata Ki Jagran
held second Saturday of every month
7 to 10 pm
Lalita Sahasranaam
Third Friday of the month
10:30 am
Suma Hareesh 951-789-0400
SatyaNarayana Puja
Held every Poornima
7 pm
Suma Hareesh 951-789-0400

Activity :

Annual Deepavali Cultural Program
Every year the children of the Mandir showcase their talents during the Annual Deepavali Cultural Program. Plans are currently being made for this program to take place in October.

Raas Garba

Every year the annual Raas Garba takes place after shraddha. Bhaktas decorate the Mandir and hang many rows of colorful pennants.The colorful lights which were strung across the ceiling and the bright saris draped and hung create a fantastic effect.The Garba always features live bands. Bhaktas install Durga Devi in the center of the Mandir's worship area. Devotees of all ages dance around Durga Devi. Mothers carry their babies enjoying their first raas garba in their arms, young children toddle around and teens dance all night. Children barely able to walk dance just as enthusiastically as seniors. The largest number attend on the weekends when over 1200 might be present for the festivities.To see the room filled with colorful ornate and beautiful outfits (lengha cholis, saris, and salwar kameeez) is an amazing site. Every year one can hear the same refrain. “I wish the Garba was longer. Why does it have to end?”

Bal Vihar Classes

Bal Vihar classes for children are being taught by

Dr. Shukavak Dasa
SECOND and FOURTH Sunday of every month at 10 a.m.

Contact radiantdba@gmail.com

Sanskrit Class for Adults (advanced)

Sunday 9 am
taught by Dr. Shukavak Dasa

 Bharat Natyam (Thursday)
Dance Class

taught by Paulomi Pandit
Thursdays 5 pm
call to enroll

Bharat Natyam (Friday)
BharatNatyam Class
taught by Ragini Iyer
Friday 7 pm
email to enroll

Bhagavad Gita Class for Teens
Bhagavad Gita Class for Teens
taught by Dr. Shukavak Dasa
Friday evenings
- Closed for Registration
Watch for future events


The Mandir Library was founded in 2001 during the presidency of Akshaya S. Sheth. The temple purchased thousands of dollars of books and oak bookcases. Shri Sharadbhai Vyas Maharaj Ji mailed a box of books from India and later when he returned to the Mandir that year for his Katha he formally opened the library.
The Mandir Library has an excellent selection of books on Hinduism and the culture of India. It is open to everyone. Books may be taken out for 2 weeks and the time extended if needed.

Contact Us
9292 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside, CA 92503

(951) 359-4743 Office
(951) 312-7352 Cell



From San Bernardino
take I-215 south to Los Angeles/Riverside
keep left at fork
take exit 58 Van Buren Blvd toward Arlington
Turn right onto Van Buren Blvd
Take the second right onto Magnolia Avenue
Take a right on Everest Avenue
left into parking area
Mandir is located on the corner of Ev erest Avenue and Magnolia Avenue

From Los Angeles
take 60 East to 91 West
Exit Van Buren Blvd (and follow directions above from Van Buren Blvd.
From Orange County
take 91 East to Van Buren Blvd.
Left off of exit onto Indiana
Left over highway overpass onto Van Buren Blvd

Om Tat Sat

(My humble  salutations to the great devotees ,  wikisources  and Pilgrimage tourist guide for the collection )


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