At the Hecker Pass Summit we found Mt. Madonna County Park, sitting on a former cattle baron's estate among open meadows and coast redwood forest. Always open to explore, we ventured into the park and found three campgrounds with many sites accessible to good-size RVs. As we moved deeper into the park there were group campgrounds, picnic sites and youth areas. Finding ourselves confused as to where we were and which way to go, but fortunately finding ourselves next to a park map, we chose to take Summit Road, to exit the park and find the top of Mount Madonna to see what were supposed to be splendid views.
Never found the views, but we saw a sign that announced a Buddhist Temple some distance ahead. Never found the Buddhist Temple, but we did find the Mount Madonna Center. The Center is a "residential private retreat and conference center" established by students of a particular monk from India, "a master yogi." "The Center offers a wide range of programs on self-development, health, and well-being, including the many disciplines of Yoga."
For us, the heart of the Center was this Hindu temple, the Sankat Mochan Hanuman Tenple.
|"Hanuman" is one of the three primary aspects of the Supreme Being - more into below.|
|This small lake provides swimming opportunities for the Center's residents and registered guests.|
|Visiting the Lion Fountain|
On the topic of the many gods and goddesses of the Hindu religion:
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