At Kali Mandir, our mission is to promote the traditional culture of Sanatana Dharma, to enable all devotees to come closer to Divine Mother Kali and to encourage spiritual values like modesty and respect. The way we dress and the way we act has an impact on ourselves as well as others around us. To help maintain the sanctity and purity of the temple, we request that you follow our dress code and etiquette guidelines when visiting the temple.
Kali Mandir is a shrine to the Divine Mother in a personal home on a private street in a residential neighborhood. Out of consideration for our neighbors and respect for the ashram residents, please strictly observe temple hours and do not loiter or make noise in our parking area or wander though the neighborhood. Unless there is a special function, the temple is open for darshan daily from 10am until Noon and again from 6pm until 8pm.
Please bath before visiting the temple and wear clean clothes. Do not wear shorts, short skirts or tank-tops (exception: small children can wear shorts). No beach wear. Do not wear leather in the temple. Shoes are not allowed past the gate of Mother’s courtyard.
Do not bring meat, fish, eggs, alcohol, ganja or illegal drugs onto the property. Do not come while intoxicated. Taking respectful pictures of the deities is allowed, but not taking pictures of devotees posing with deities in the background. Turn off or silence your cell phone. If you need to make a call, please do so outside. Do not point your feet towards deities or sit with your back to the altar. Do not pick tulsi leaves or flowers from temple gardens. Out of consideration of our neighbors, please do not loiter or make noise in our parking area or wander through the neighborhood.
All are welcome to bring offering for Ma such as flowers, fruit, sweets, ghee, sesame oil, perfume, incense and new jewelry or new saris. All offering must not contain any meat, eggs, gelatin, onion or garlic. Please read ingredients very carefully. In donating milk, please note that we only use organic whole milk.
As we are situated in a high fire-danger area, lighting candles, oil lamps, camphor or incense is strictly forbidden. All are welcome to bath the beautiful Shiva Lingam installed in our garden with water only. Do not pour milk or any other substances besides water on the Shiva Lingam.