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Buckingham, Virginia: Light of Truth Universal Shrine: LOTUS (In Transition)

A large, domed, exotic building in white, blue, and pink tiles, lit inside by neon. Designed to resemble a giant Lotus bud. Closed for renovation in June 2024; reopening date unknown.

I-64 exit 121A onto Hwy 20 south. Follow Hwy 20 through Scottsville (about 20 miles), cross the James River, and continue on Hwy 20 for about eight more miles. Turn right onto Hwy 655 and drive for five miles to a stop sign (Small stores on both sides). Continue on Hwy 655 for seven miles (It becomes Hwy 601 after a short time). At the end of a winding hill is the intersection of Hwy 601 and Hwy 604. Turn left onto Hwy 604. Pass the "Welcome to Yogaville" sign and after a half-mile turn right into the parking lot at the sign: "Satchidananda Ashram - Yogaville, Visitors."
2024: Under construction (Call to verify)
In Transition

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I visited 6/3/24 and the temple is fenced off and being rebuilt with lots of construction going on. The dome is in terrible shape and not recognizable. I stopped at the visitors center down the road and asked when the work would be finished and they had no clue.

[Art Zollo, 06/29/2024]


Light of Truth Universal Shrine - LOTUS

The Light of Truth Universal Shrine looks like a big breast. Go figure.

[Vance, 05/13/2015]


Light of Truth Universal Shrine - LOTUS

Very moving place. Bring an open mind and your inner self. If you practice yoga stay for a class.

[Lee Reynolds, 03/21/2015]

LOTUS shrine.

Light of Truth Universal Shrine - LOTUS

Very peaceful place to walk around and very beautiful views.

[Laura, 04/15/2013]

Lotus Temple.

The Lotus Temple - Yogaville

Official description: The Light Of Truth Universal Shrine (LOTUS) is the realization of Sri Gurudev's universal teaching that "Truth is One, Paths are Many." Opened in July 1986, LOTUS is dedicated to the light of all faiths and to world peace, and embodies Sri Gurudev's efforts to foster religious harmony throughout the world. Built in the shape of a lotus blossom - the ancient symbol for the spiritual unfoldment of the soul - the Shrine is a sanctuary for silent meditation, contemplation, and prayer. It is a place where people of all backgrounds and faiths can come together under one roof to honor individual traditions while realizing the ultimate spiritual unity of all.

Yogaville is located on the James River -- absolutely breathtaking views. We toured the temple -- lots of renovation going on.

The Temple was a little tatty-but it will be rejuvenated for the 20th anniversary next week. Artist Peter Max and other famous devotees will attend. Legitimate center for Yoga training and classes year-round. Sincere super-friendly staff -both guided and self-guided tours. You would never guess this place is in central Virginia.

[Peggy Mason, 09/30/2006]

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