Lake Shrine Temple

We all know that city life can be rough. Sometimes you just want to get away from the fast-paced, stressful life and just relax. If you’re in the Los Angeles area, there is a perfect place to do just that. Lake Shrine, located just an hour drive from Downtown LA, is a peaceful sanctuary to unwind and enjoy the scenery.

Once I went inside, I was greeted by fresh air (a very rare occurrence in LA, by the way). I could smell the grass and flowers. I was instantly interested. Walking up a few steps surrounded with flowers and trees, I came across a very large garden with a beautiful lake in the middle of it. Far in the distance, I could see beautiful buildings, which was actually the Court of Religions, honoring the 5 major religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, and Christianity).

I walked around the lake twice, noticing some very interesting niches. There was a small cave with a statue of a Saint in one corner, a waterfall and bridge with an Indian statue on top in another, a meditation courtyard with a beautiful temple in front of it, and even a small boathouse.

Stopping in front of the boathouse, I noticed ducks on the lake. Paying more attention to the water now, I observed that there were other animals as well. Swans were swimming gracefully in the distance. Fishes swam underwater. There were even a few koi fishes.

I stayed there for a few hours, just basking in the beautiful atmosphere. It was very quiet; I could hear my footsteps as I made my way around the lake. There wasn’t a lot of people, and the few I met were calm and friendly. We didn’t really talk, because the silence was too heavy to break, but a smile or two worked just fine.

When it was time for me to go home, I made a promise to get back here because I hadn’t had the chance to explore the buildings because they were under construction. So far I hadn’t gone there yet, but I hope to go in the summer with Alysta (who didn’t go with me last time).

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