Temple Timings / Hours

Morning6 AM to 1 PM
Evening1 PM to 7 PM

Mount Madonna Center, where the Temple is located, is an intentional community established in 1978 at the Santa Cruz hills, on the north end of Monterey Bay in California. which has about 80 residents who are all volunteers.

It is also home to a retreat and conference center, hosting programs in yoga, spiritual development, and wellness, as well as personal retreats and daily yoga classes.

It is also the site of Mount Madonna School, a fully accredited K-12 private school with some 200 children, and the Mount Madonna Institute, a post-secondary college offering degrees in Yoga, Ayurveda and Community Studies.

About Baba Hari Dass

Baba Hari Dass is a silent monk from the Kumaon region of northern India. He has not spoken since 1952 and communicates by writing on a small whiteboard.

His silence is a yogic discipline, which quiets the mind and develops inner peace.

Sri Babaji has lived in the United States for nearly forty years, coming several days a week to the Mount Madonna Center, founded by his students in 1978.

Through his practice of selfless service or Karma Yoga, he has helped to build and maintain the Center as well as develop the Temple complex.

History of The Temple

In 2001, long-time students of Baba Hari Dass returned from India with a beautiful Hanuman murti. When Babaji saw the statue, he wrote on his board, “It needs a Temple.”

He promptly walked to the Center’s rustic ceremonial site, scratched out a location for the Temple with his foot and the digging began.

The Prana Pratishṭa ceremony, “establishing the breath” within the sacred image, was performed in 2003.

Visiting the Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple Watsonville

Reservations are required for day visitors arriving between,

  • 11 AM and 7 PM on Saturdays and Major Holidays
  • 4 PM and 7 PM on Sundays

For reservation please visit the Temple website.

People arriving without a reservation during these times will not be admitted to Mount Madonna Center.

Saturday is the busiest day of the week at the Temple and parking is limited. If you plan to visit on a Saturday, please make a reservation.

Sundays, the Center is only open between 4 pm and 7 pm. Reservations are required for visiting on Sundays as well.

Reservations are not required when visiting on non-holiday weekdays during our open hours.

Rituals at Mount Madonna Temple

Ritual Type Ritual Timings
Daily Hanuman Puja 6:30 AM to 9 AM
Chalisa Path
Hanuman Ji Arati 6:30 AM & 6 PM
Ganesh Ji Arati
Special Sindoor Puja Each Month on or before Full Moon
Tuesday Contact Temple Management
Raksha Bandhan Mahamrutyunjaya Puja & Yajna 6 PM to 9 PM


Other Important Festivals


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3 responses to “Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple (Mount Madonna Temple,) Watsonville”

  1. Namaskar,

    We would like to visit the temple on Saturday morning? Is it possible to do so?


    1. The temple is currently closed to the public due to increase in COVID infections.
      Once the temple reopen, reservations will be required to visit (due to the high volume of visitors).

  2. Namaskar,

    We wanted to come to temple on February 26th.

    Will the temple be open on February 26th?



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