“Because man himself is an expression of the Creative Word,
sound has the most potent and immediate effect on him,
offering a way to remembrance of his divine origin.”
—Paramhansa Yogananda


Rose-Vinny-Sai chanting

Kirtan: An Evening
of Devotional Chanting

1st & 3rd Fridays, Ananda Temple
7:30 pm, free
(no kirtan 4/21, 5/5, 5/19)
donations gratefully accepted

Join us for an evening of sacred chanting. Chanting has the power to transform and uplift the soul, and to open the heart. Most chants are simple to learn, so you’ll be able to join in easily your first time. Words are provided. We’ll sing many beautiful chants in English, as well as some Indian chants, accompanied by harmonium and guitar. All are welcome.


Special kirtans, outdoors in the Ananda Community courtyard:

Summer Solstice Kirtan
Saturday, June 24, 7 pm, free 


Krishna Kirtan (Janmashtami)
Friday, August 18, 7 pm, free

Ananda Community Courtyard, 240 Monroe Drive, Mountain View • Directions





Palm Sunday
Sunday, April 9, Worship Service, 10 am
Purification and Meditation Ceremony, 9–9:45 am
Commemorate Jesus’ triumphal entry into the city of Jerusalem—the beginning also of his final days on earth. Music and readings help draw you into his spirit of courage and transcendence.
Guided by Nayaswami Asha
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions 


JesusGood Friday
Friday, April 14, Meditation, 5-7 pm
Service, 7:30 pm, free

We reflect on the courage of Christ’s surrender to God’s will—the ultimate sacrifice. And we ask ourselves how we may open ourselves to that most profound of spiritual acts: openness to God’s will for us. Asha leads this inward evening of storytelling and music, evoking the mystery and power of Christ’s last days on earth.
Guided by Asha
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions  


Easter all-sing

jesusEaster Saturday
Retreat and All-Sing
Swami Kriyananda’s Oratorio: Christ Lives!

Saturday, April 15, 10 am–2 pm
Come join in singing the story of Jesus, from His birth to His resurrection. Absolutely no previous musical experience or training required. In a quiet retreat atmosphere, we’ll sing the Oratorio, “Christ Lives” and reflect on the meaning of Christ’s life. Asha introduces each section of the music, relating the events of Jesus’ life, their context, meaning and present-day relevance. The retreat is half music and half storytelling, with brief interludes of meditation. Ananda singers help lead the music and everyone joins in; words and music are provided. This is our favorite “performance,” since we are singing only for ourselves and for God. Many people say this retreat is one of the most inspiring events of their year.
Guided by Asha
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions


jesus arisen

Easter Sunday
Sunday Service, April 16, 10 am
Purification and Meditation Ceremony, 9–9:45 am

One of the spiritual highlights of the year—join in a music-filled, joyful celebration of Christ’s triumph over all earthly limitations, and awaken within yourself the all-conquering power of Spirit.
Guided by Asha
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions  

girl with eggs

Easter Brunch
Sunday, April 16
Easter Egg Hunt, 12:30 pm
Brunch, 1 pm

Adults/$15, $5 children (under 6 free)
Ananda Temple, due to possible inclement weather.
Egg Hunt will take place in and around the Temple, too

Easter would not be complete without this lovely family brunch in a beautiful, relaxing, out-door setting. Reservations appreciated, but not required; all are welcome.
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions


Swamiji praying

Swami Kriyananda's Moksha Day
Friday, April 21
Meditation, 5-7 pm
Evening program, 7:30 pm, free

Join us for a two-hour meditation and an evening program celebrating the life of this great teacher who guided so many truthseekers, devotees, and disciples on the spiritual path. The evening will include a brief meditation, and a talk by Asha. It will end with an opportunity to make a personal spiritual offering to Swami.
Guided by Asha


Sunday Services

10 am
The music at Ananda is an expression of the joy of the spiritual life. Every service includes chanting and sing-alongs (words are provided so you can easily join in). You'll also hear beautiful music composed by Swami Kriyananda, performed during service by choir, small groups of singers, or instrumentalists. More about Sundays



“I find so much joy in this music. My awareness is always uplifted by hearing these beautiful sounds and poignant words. I often begin by singing, only to find myself naturally going into a deep meditative state, something that does not come easily to me otherwise. The music takes me there so naturally, so easily—I never want to come back from this ecstatic place inside.”
— Sheri G., Teacher



“There is something that touches the heart deeply with this music. It is simple, lyric, poetic—yet powerful beyond words to express. Even after singing it for many years, the meaning reveals itself gradually, like scripture.”
—K.G., Corporate Trainer


How to find us


Map of Ananda grounds, so you can easily find your way around once you arrive.

Most of our music events are free of charge, or on a donation basis. And most take place in our large Temple (come in the main doors facing El Camino). Occasionally there is a workshop or special class offered which you can register for online; you'll see the word "Register" near the title.

Even if you registered ahead of time, please stop by the Teaching Center to sign in, so we can greet you and direct you to the right classroom. The Teaching Center is located just behind the large temple on El Camino. Enter the courtyard from College, and the building will be on your right. If it's your first time, you may appreciate having the Ananda grounds map handy.