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A Feeling of Wholeness: Temple of Light Update

The external layers of the Temple of Divine Light near completion as the pre-fabricated pieces are put into place. Watch Swami Lalitananda’s update from inside.

Temple Update: The Circle is Complete

On January 20, 2017 the final base petals of the Temple’s exterior were put into place. This full circumference will serve as the foundation for the remaining sections of the Temple’s outer shell.

A Vision Evolves: Insights with John Patkau

John Patkau, principal of Patkau Architects, shares his perspective on designing the Temple of Light, which he says will be “the most remarkable thing that we have ever constructed.” He reveals what inspired him and reflects on the unique opportunity as an architect to create “a space of the spirit.”

The Light That Shines

Gem Salsberg, a long-time Yasodhara Yoga student, is helping the Ashram create videos and photography of the Temple project. Here she exhibits her photographs of a mystical Temple moment and tells her story. After days of torrential rain, heavy clouds and a sobering American election, it seemed improbable that we would see the supermoon rising here on November 14th. The moon would be closer to the Earth than it has been since 1948. This timing synchronistically coincided with the raising of […]

The Approach

Photographer Nick Diamond from Spearhead captured the majestic approach to the Ashram and the new Temple of Light overlooking Kootenay Lake.

The Shape of Things to Come

Construction continues on the Temple of Light as shear walls were attached to the arches. These braced panels form part of the support structure and help define the curved shape of the new design.

Temple Rises – Primary Structure Complete

We achieved a major milestone today—all eight arches of the Temple’s primary structure are now assembled. The remaining four arches were installed today under a brilliant blue sky by a team of dedicated workers from Spearhead Inc. and AHC, who are overseeing construction. The site manager invited Swami Lalitananda and others to sign the second last arch: “To Swami Radha with Love ॐ Swami Lalitananda + everyone at the Ashram”  

Temple Rising Begins

Today the first four arches were lifted and assembled to create the primary structure of the Temple! After the initial arch was secured, the metal oculus was lifted and held in place by one crane. Another crane then lifted the next three arches. The sun came out mid-afternoon, shining over the crew and spectators. The Ashram was buzzing with excitement and we look forward to the next stage of assembling all eight arches by tomorrow.

Temple Rising Monday

On Monday, November 7, assembly of the primary structure of the Temple will begin! Months of preparation have gone into creating the precise foundation for the eight arches. In the past few days, the arches and the oculus (steel compression ring for the central skylight) have been delivered to the Temple site. The pieces are now lined up and ready to be put in place. By the end of next week, the Temple structure will be defined. We are at […]

Flight of the Light: a temple journey begins

The first pieces of the Temple have arrived at the Ashram! The glulam structural beams and shear wall panels were loaded onto a truck and shipped across Kootenay Lake on the ferry. The parts were carefully unloaded to a temporary staging area where they will remain until the structure is ready be assembled in the coming weeks. In the meantime, the panels which form the petals continue to be fabricated at Spearhead and will be shipped over as they are ready.