Crystal Hermitage Gardens, Nevada City

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  • Springtime at Crystal Hermitage, when the tulips are blooming, is one of the most magical experiences you will ever have! You can see visitors transformed by the beauty, peace, expansive vistas, and t...  more »
  • This was a very beautiful place, well maintained. Have to take a appointment to see inside of the crystal hermitage house. Garden was open. It has a lot of history and the furniture in the house was p...  more »
  • We read about Crystal Hermitage Gardens through Trip Advisor and I'm sure it's lovely in April when the tulips are in bloom but there wasn't much to see in late October when we visited. We walked thro...  more »
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  • Coming here is an amazing experience, especially when the now-famous tulips are in bloom each spring. For several weeks, thousands of tulips blaze so brightly in their colorful glory that they practically blind the eye. These gardens, lovingly cultivated on a cliffside, also offer a spectacular view across the Yuba River. Crystal Hermitage, with its unique geodesic dome, was the home of Swami Kriyananda, founder of the worldwide Ananda spiritual community and direct disciple of the great Indian yoga master Paramhansa Yogananda. His body is interred at the Moksha Mandir (shrine of liberation) nearby on the grounds. It is open on occasion or by appointment. Definitely worth a stop on the way from the parking area to the gardens is the Crystal Hermitage Chapel. This is a lovely replica of a little church in Assisi, Italy, connected with St. Francis of Assisi. The chapel can be booked for marriages. Also worth a visit is a small spiritual boutique called the Shrine of the Masters, so called because it houses relics and memorabilia of Yogananda and Sri Yukteswar, along with pictures of Jesus Christ, Babaji, and Lahiri Mahasaya, all honored in Ananda's line of gurus. Visitors will also find prayer beads, woolen shawls, Indian apparel, jewelry, silk altar cloths, devotional statues, wind chimes, and stationery. Hours are Wed-Fri, 1:30 to 3:30 and Sat-Sun 1:30 to 4:30.
  • Beautiful anytime of year but if I were to choose a season, wait until spring for the tulips!
  • If you want to reconnect with the spirit in an all natural ambiance, then this is the place you need to visit.
  • A stunningly and senenely beautiful sanctuary for the spiritual seeker. Also known for its gardens and thousands of spring tulips..
  • Such an uplifting place. The gardens are just amazingly beautiful, specially at Springtime when they are filled with Tulips. The peace that you can feel in the air there is almost overwhelming with the breeze blowing and the chimes singing. Sometimes you can even hear the might of the Yuba River from some of the terraces while you gaze at the expansive scenery of evergreen mountains. The energy there is charged with ever new blessings and joy as it has been a place, for several decades, where people offer their devotion in prayer and meditation. You can feel this specially in the Moksha Mandir, a temple dedicated to the founder of the community of which this Hermitage is a part of, Swami Kriyananda. Don't miss the chance to visit!

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