The Light Of Truth Universal Shrine (LOTUS) is a unique temple dedicated to interfaith understanding and the Light within all faiths. Individual altars represent and honor the different world faiths and spiritual paths. The vision, design and inspiration of Sri Swami Satchidananda, LOTUS was dedicated in 1986. It demonstrates, “Truth is One, Paths are Many.” In the peaceful countryside of Virginia, the doors of LOTUS are open to welcome people of all backgrounds and beliefs.

Welcome to the official website of LOTUS. Explore LOTUS through two virtual tours:  a Custom Virtual Tour and The Google Tour. Have an introduction to the concepts behind LOTUS and the importance of interfaith cooperation in our world today. Read about the purpose of LOTUS and discover the beauty of the shrine through the virtual tours, video galleries, and slide shows, including the annotated “At a Glance” visual overview of historic photos. Learn about the founder of LOTUS, a pioneer in the interfaith movement. Discover the unique architecture and construction of LOTUS and recall the 1986 dedication ceremonies. Explore the faith traditions through scriptural quotes, photos, and sacred objects displayed in the All Faiths Hall of LOTUS. Find out about the LOTUS Center for All Faiths, visitor information, Integral Yoga links, and interfaith organization resources.

News Alert

Atlantic Coast Pipeline Threatens LOTUS

LOTUS, the Ashram and the surrounding Yogaville community face a serious concern: A high-pressure natural gas pipeline to transport fracked gas from West Virginia to North Carolina is planned by Dominion Resources to cut across our county, Buckingham. The current plan shows that a powerful compressor station will be built within five miles of the Ashram.

Repairs Needed on LOTUS

Due to the natural wear and tear of time and weather, this sacred symbol of Universal Light is in need of urgent repair. Therefore, we invite each and all of you to join us in the privilege of becoming a part of the repair of LOTUS now and its continuous upkeep throughout the years to come.

Our goal is to cover the cost of necessary repairs estimated at $350,000 and to inspire a commitment from friends, family, and supporters to gratefully fund the ongoing yearly upkeep in the amount of $40,000, in order to maintain and preserve the LOTUS for the benefit of all for generations to come.

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Swami Satchidananda

Swami Satchidananda

“More people have died in the name of God and religion than in all the wars and natural calamities. But, the real purpose of any religion is to educate us about our spiritual unity. It is time for us to recognize that there is one truth and many approaches. The basic cause for all the world problems is the lack of understanding of our spiritual unity. The need of the hour is to know, respect, love one another and to live as one global family. Our humble aim in building the LOTUS is to spread this message.”

—H. H. Sri Swami Satchidananda, founder of LOTUS

The Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama

“I believe all religions pursue the same goals, that of cultivating human goodness and bringing happiness to all human beings. Though the means might appear different the ends are the same.”

—H. H. the 14th the Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso

The Very Rev. James P Morton

The Very Rev. James P Morton

“Every human being under the sun is graciously welcome at the LOTUS.”

—The Very Rev. James P Morton, The Interfaith Center of New York

Rabbi Gelberman

Rabbi Gelberman

“Words cannot express the uplifting feelings I have experienced in visiting this shrine. The LOTUS celebrates the unity of all faiths, the many paths but one God.”

—Rabbi Joseph Gelberman, the New Synagogue; Founder and President, All Faiths Seminary International

Dr. Karan Singh

Dr. Karan Singh

“The LOTUS stands as a living monument to the interfaith ideals.”

—Dr. Karan Singh, Member of Parliament (India); International Chairman of the Temple of Understanding

Sun Bear

Sun Bear

“I appreciate the LOTUS which promotes understanding among all people and among all religions. May we all come to the path of unity that will allow us to overcome the enemy of separation that is now trying to destroy all of the earth.”

—Sun Bear, Founder and Medicine Chief of the Bear Tribe Medicine Society

Yogi Bhajan

Yogi Bhajan

“The LOTUS is a ‘Statue of Spirituality’ equal to the Statue of Liberty. It unites spirituality into the reality of the Oneness of God and Light and gives everybody unity in diversity.”

—Yogi Bhajan, Sikh Dharma Chief Religious and Administrative Authority for the Western Hemisphere

Prabhasa Dharma

Prabhasa Dharma

“The LOTUS is a visual testimony to interfaith understanding and stands as a beacon of Truth and Peace.”

—The Venerable Prabhasa Dharma, Founder of the International Zen Center; 45th generational heir of the Vietnamese Lam Te (Rinzai) Zen Lineage

Br. David Steindl-Rast

Br. David Steindl-Rast

In the Self we are all one and yet each Self is unique and irreplaceable. Each spiritual tradition knows this great Self by a different name. The world we long to see is built on nonviolence, collaboration, and sharing. This is the message of the LOTUS.

~Br. David Steindl-Rast, OSB, Co-founder, A Network for Grateful Living

To virtually tour the LOTUS on this site: Use the navigation wheel in the upper left to change perspective. Zoom with the + and - buttons. You can also drag on a track pad or scroll a mouse. Click on the arrows to follow available paths. After looking around the main sanctuary, pass through the glass door by double clicking on it. Traverse the gardens and fountains, and cross LOTUS Road to ascent the stairs leading to Chidambarum. Then, return to the LOTUS by turning around with the navigation wheel, or with two fingers on a trackpad, and proceed down the hill. Be sure to turn left to visit the exhibit in the exhibit hall. You can zoom in to see the exhibit photos. Then go across the courtyard to the gift shop, before progressing back to the lower level of the LOTUS to visit the All Faiths Hall and explore the sacred objects there in. 


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December 8th is honored by Buddhists as the day Prince Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment in 596 BC. At the age of 29, the prince chose to leave his comfortable surroundings and live the life of an ascetic. After six years, he felt no closer to the truth, so fasted and meditated under a Bodhi tree for seven days.

He awakened liberated, and began teaching the Middle Way, a path away from the extremes of self-indulgence and self-mortification. The Buddha (Enlightened One) taught the Eight-fold Path and the Four Noble Truths.

Buddhists celebrate by stringing lights throughout their homes to represent enlightenment, and meditate on the meaning of the Buddha's teachings.

"Real enlightenment means quieting and then transcending both the conscious and subconscious mind and recognizing, or realizing, your own peace, joy and eternal bliss. And that is Yoga. That is Christhood and Buddhahood."
~ Sri Swami Satchidananda, Beyond Words
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Mawlid an-Nabi, also known as Eid-e-Milad, marks the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad, born in 570. The occasion is honored with fasting, public processions, religious singing, social gatherings, and decoration of streets and homes.

For some branches of Islam, the day is not celebrated. Those followers believe they should only pay tribute to the days that the Prophet Muhammad celebrated. It would be akin to Christians not celebrating Christmas, because Lord Jesus would not have done so Himself.

Despite the differing opinions, for Muslims who honor the Mawlid, its celebration represents the deep love for Muhammad that brings them closer to God.

"Real communion with God is communion with your fellow beings. Let us feel that we are the children of that One God or the One Creator. We’re all interdependent, links in the same beginningless and endless chain, cells of a huge universal body. We are all One."
~Sri Swami Satchidananda, Beyond Words
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Scenes from the Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at Sivananda Hall. What inspires your gratitude? Please share in the comments. ...

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

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We had beautiful and inspiring ​prayers at Yogaville's annual interfaith service on Thanksgiving Day. The service, the sharing by all present afterword, and the uplifting songs,
filled our hearts and the hall with a deep sense of gratitude.

Thank you to Swami Priyaananda, Swami Jyotirmayananda, Rev. Shakti Hall and staff for organizing this wonderful gathering. Swami Dayananda for LOTUS Center for All Faiths
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The Shaheedi Divas (martyrdom) of Guru Tegh Bahadur is honored on November 24. The 17th century Sikh Guru was the 9th of his lineage. He was a poet, philosopher and warrior, guiding his followers on a path of tolerance. During a time of forced religious conversion in India under the Mughal king, Guru Tegh Bahadur became a martyr in the cause of religious freedom for all. Waheguru!

"If there is a unity of understanding, there need not be a uniformity. There are as many religions as there are minds."
~ Sri Swami Satchidananda
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