Sunday Mornings at Ananda

*Sundays are different during the Covid 19 pandemic. The temple is not open to group activities. We invite you to enjoy our Sunday services online. Go to the Ananda Portland YouTube channel for live and archived services. 

Purification and Fire Ceremony:  9–9:45am: This begins with an ancient Vedic fire ceremony, providing a time of inner purification through simple ritual. We then meditate together, during which time we have an opportunity to offer our self to God for purification, and receive a personal blessing. There is no child care or Sunday School during this service—older children with parents are welcome. 

Festival of Light Service:   10–11:30am: This includes chanting, meditation, prayers, music, readings from both the Bible and the Bhagavad Gita, and an inspirational talk. The service concludes with the Festival of Light, a universal celebration of the path of inner communion with God and of the divine grace that has come to us in our age.

Sunday School

Sunday classes for children are offered on the first and third Sundays of each month, from 10-11:15am. Classes are led by Ananda members who love serving our children and families in this way.

The first Sunday of the month is Sunday School for children ages 4-11.

Our curriculum includes spiritual stories, yoga postures, games, craft activities, devotional music, affirmations, prayer, and meditation, based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda and Swami Kriyananda.

The third Sunday of the month is Exploring Yoga for teens 12 and up.

The teen program includes opportunities to dive more deeply into the teachings of Raja Yoga, which include yoga, meditation and service. We strive to give children an experience that teaches universal spiritual principles, helps them become familiar with the teachings of this path, and most importantly, reminds them of their own true spiritual nature.

Families are also welcome to use the preschool classroom for supervised quiet play, which has video feed of the service. Older children who are able to sit quietly are welcome to participate in the Purification as well as the Festival of Light service with their parents.

Contact: Michelle Mall

(724) 814-1294 or

Recordings of the Sunday Service talks are now being posted online.

FAQ:  Why do the ministers where different colors? Do the colors mean something?

ANSWER: When performing ceremonies and conducting Sunday Services, Ananda ministers wear robes that indicate the role they have taken on and the vows they have committed to.

Ministers serve Ananda in a variety of ways, sometimes teaching and being in visible leadership positions, sometimes “behind the scenes.” Sometimes they will wear a golden stole when serving in ceremonies and services.

Light bearers are ministers who conduct ceremonies and services in addition to serving in other capacities. They wear robes with a draped shawl, called a “chuddar,” during services.  Light bearers who have taken a Nayaswami vow of renunciation wear blue robes and chuddars during ceremonies. (Learn more about the Nayaswami order.)