Yashodhara Ashram on Kootenay Lake's East Shore has released conceptual designs for their new Temple of Light

Yasodhara Ashram’s temple rises from the ashes

Ambitious new Temple of Light on Kootenay Lake’s East Shore will serve spiritual seekers from around the world.



Almost a year after the Temple of Light at Yasodhara Ashram on Kootenay Lake’s East Shore was destroyed by fire, work on its replacement is well underway.

“It’s happening! Like a phoenix arising from the ashes, the new temple is now taking shape. It’s exciting to present this first public unveiling of the conceptual design,” said Swami Lalitananda in an email update to the community.

“The new temple is refreshingly innovative yet holds true to Swami Radha’s original vision. It is a sacred space built to let light in and to send light out into the world through healing vibrations and prayers.”

The new temple is designed by Patkau Architects, and the concept incorporates essential symbolic and historical elements.

“The new design moves beyond a geometrical form. The building is an organic collection of windows and panels that come together to create a luminous inner space. The Patkau’s intent was always to use light as a ‘primary building material’. They accomplished this by creating portals of light that extend from the foundation to the oculus.”

Light will enter the building from every angle.

Yasodhara Ashram has introduced a new website dedicated to the project at temple.yashodhara.org. There are pictures, videos and conceptual designs posted there.

The current goal is to complete the Temple of Light by the end of 2016.

“This is a unique and ambitious project that will span two years of planning and building. We are currently estimating a total cost of $2 million.”

The ashram is currently looking for donations.

The old temple, which burned down last June, was completed in 1992 based on the vision of the ashram’s founder, the late Swami Sivananda Radha.

The ashram, a yoga retreat and study center, was founded on Walker’s Landing Road in Kootenay Bay in 1963. The temple’s foundation was laid two years later, but it took until the late 1980s for work to begin.

Just Posted

Four election forums planned for Nelson

The series begins with Candi-dating on Oct. 4 at the Nelson Library

More burning prohibitions rescinded in southeast B.C.

Category 2 and 3 fires will be permitted in Southeast Fire Centre as of 1p.m. on Wednesday.

Two-woman crime spree comes to Nelson Library

Authors Rachel Greenaway and Judy Toews talk crime writing on Sept. 29

Kaslo mayor to run for re-election

Suzan Hewat says she has many projects to finish

VIDEO: Monday Roundup

The Star’s weekly news roundup

B.C. marijuana workers may face U.S. border scrutiny

Cannabis still illegal federally south of the border

New political party holds an informational session in Vernon

Maxime Bernier’s The People’s Party of Canada draws about 2o interested patrons to Vernon pub.

B.C. MLAs reminded of rural school struggles

Finance committee hears of falling enrolment, staff shortages

B.C. VIEWS: ’Not photo radar’ coming soon to high-crash areas

ICBC deficit now largely due to reckless and distracted driving

Researchers tag great white shark in Atlantic Canada

Information will be used to learn more about where white sharks move in Canadian waters

Mix-up of bodies leads to funeral home reforms in Nova Scotia

One woman was was mistakenly cremated, another was embalmed and presented to family members during a visitation that went horribly wrong

B.C. RCMP turn to Const. Scarecrow to shock speeders into slowing down

New addition will watch over drivers from a Coquitlam median for first-of-its-kind pilot in Canada

Cyclists finish North America trip to highlight Ukraine struggle

The 10,000 bike ride raised over $10,000 for victims of the war in Ukraine.

Most Read