NEW BRAJA MANDALA &
ROSE TEMPLE FESTIVAL
This year we will be having our Glorious New Braja Mandal Festival with our Beloved Srila Gurudeva from June 9-15. There will also be a 1 day program for the public at the Rose Temple on June 19th. So there will be many devotees coming through Los Angeles and the Rose Temple home of Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mahaprabhu. In order to serve all of the devotees in the best manner possible we are sending you the following information about staying in Los Angeles near or at the Rose Temple.
ARRIVING: The LAX airport is 8 miles from the temple. If you wish to be picked up then please give us a one to two week advance notice of your flight information with arrival time by email. We will be glad to pick you up. The fee for a one way pick up at the airport will cost $15.00. For a round trip it is $25.00. Pickup from the bus station is the same.
STAYING AT TEMPLE: There is a men’s and women’s ashram at the temple. However there is limited space in those ashrams. When they are full then we will allow devotees to stay in the temple room and the downstairs. In order to accommodate all of the devotees we have not rented out the Main Hall upstairs which is our main source of income. Also the Temple cannot afford to feed everyone. So anyone who stays in the temple MUST donate $15.00 per day plus service, which will include 2 meals one at 10AM and one at 4PM. Those who live outside the Temple will pay $5.00 per meal. There will be no trades of service for accommodations and/or Prasad. Everyone is expected to pay and do service. We have no bedding, towels, or toiletries, in the temple for guests. Please see that you bring the appropriate paraphernalia for your personal needs. There is a CVS and 99 cent store within walking distance.
OUTSIDE ACCOMMODATIONS: The following is a list of hotels and hostels in and around the temple within walking distance. Please make your booking directly with the individual hotel. For any of the major chains, Holiday Inn, Super 8 etc which are at driving distance please look them up in the internet and make your booking directly with them. Please do not ask the temple to book you a hotel room.
Ocean Park InnAddress:
Rates per night: 75+ tax for standard room
2452 Lincoln Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90405
Venice Beach Hotel
Rates per night: 90+ tax standard room (very basic – no amenities)
25 Windward Avenue, Venice, CA - (310) 399-7649
Golden Star Motel
Rates per night: 90 inc tax for standard room
710 Rose Avenue Venice, CA 90291 (310) 399-1208
The Cadillac Hotel
Rates per night: 110+ tax for standard room 199+ tax for suites
8 Dudley Avenue, Venice, CA - (310) 399-8876
Sea Shore Motel
Rates per night: 130+ tax for standard room 205+ tax for suite Address:
2637 Main Street Santa Monica, CA 90405
Venice on the Beach Hotel
Rates per night: 140+ tax standard room 200+ tax suite
819 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA - (310) 429-0234
Rates per night: 165-195+ tax for studio 195-245+ tax 1 BR 245-289+ tax ocean side
417 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA - (310) 566-5224
Rates per night: 219+ tax for standard room 269+ tax reg. suite
1697 Pacific Avenue, Los Angeles (Venice Beach), CA - (800) 786-7789
*Prices are calculated per weeknight, and not including any possible special offers or promotions
**Hotels listed by lowest price, not by nearest location
BUS RIDES TO & FROM BADGER: I have received a lot of requests for rides to Badger and Back. So I did some research and I have found a Charter bus company that will give us a 47 seat bus with room for luggage and a toilet at an excellent rate. Each individual who wants to obtain a seat on the bus, no matter what age, position, (this includes Sannaysis and so called poor brahmacharies) or condition, must pay $50.00 round trip. There will be no one way tickets. The Temple cannot cover the cost of the bus or even a tiny part thereof. This amount covers the cost of the bus with a small tip for each driver there and back.
The Bus will leave LA for Badger on June 8th at around noon and it will leave Badger to return to LA on June 16th at around noon. I can make the return trip earlier in the day if necessary. If you want to take this round trip bus service I need to have your reservation and $50.00 in hand within the next week. Please send your Check or Money order made out to IGVS at the following address: 305 Rose Avenue - Venice CA 90291. Credit cards are accepted over the phone. Pay Pal info is below. There will be absolutely no one who will get a seat on the bus without payment of $50.00 in advance. If we do not have 47 seats filled in the next week we will not be able to do this.
FYI: A round trip from LA to Visalia on Greyhound Bus is $44.00 in advance and $51.00 at the station on the day. You still have to get to the station from the temple and to Badger from Visalia. This bus goes from the Temple door to Badger directly and back. There will be No Standing Allowed on the bus. I have done this as a service for all the devotees who cannot afford to rent cars. So please respect the service and contribute your $50.00 fee.
PAYING FEES BY PAY PAL & CREDIT/DEBIT CARD: To email money to pay pal go the www.paypal.com. Place the cursor over the words “send money” in the drop down box you will see the words “send money online” click on that. Then put email@example.com in the box that says to and put your email address in the box that says from. Then put in the amount $50.00. Then click on the word personal in the box below and click on gift. It will then ask you to login if you are a member of pay pal and ask for your password. Or it will ask you to sign up and become a member which is free. If you are a member you send $50.00 from your account. If you are not a member when you become one you link your pay pal account to your bank account and then put the money in your pay pal account and send it. No credit/debit card required. To pay by credit card call Narasimha or Bhagavat Maharaj, the numbers are below. You can also pay for airport pick up, Temple stay, or Prasadam via credit/debit card or pay pal.
CONTACT INFO: If you are looking to coordinate staying within the temple facility please contact Bhagavat Maharaj @ 323-379-6398 or firstname.lastname@example.org and Arjuna @ 313-645-1919 or email@example.com. If you are looking to coordinate airport pickups please contact Narasimha Prabhu @ 352-316-3702 or firstname.lastname@example.org and Arjuna @ 313-645-1919 or email@example.com. Any questions beyond those can be addressed to either Narasimha Prabhu, Arjuna Prabhu or Bhagavat Maharaj. Please keep in mind that we are very busy and it may take us a day or two to respond to emails or phone calls.
Yours In the Service of Sri Hari, Guru, and Vaishnavas,
B.V. Bhagavat Maharaja
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