Hindu temple in a Christian country, Italy.
We all know that Italy is a great Christian country. Today we are about to visit a Hindu temple, in this country.
I have been in Italy for the past 6 years. Ever since I relocated here, I always was on the lookout to visit Hindu temples in this country.
I have visited a few great temples during my visits to America, so I was under the same impression that there should be few of them in Italy as well. To my surprise, it was really hard to find one.
There are few ISKCON ashrams in and around Milan. Apart from this, there was no news of a regular temple.
As you may know, I visited Savona for my vacation during the last Christmas. And during this visit, I started hearing about a Hindu temple around Genova. But had no clear details on how to make it to the temple.
This summer, I was again planning to stay around Savona for vacation. And hence, do not want to miss the chance this time. This time, I was lucky to collect the information and location of this temple.
Since the temple is far inside the forest near Savona, the route to the temple is not easy to find. So I decided to make a video of the entire route all the way from Savona to the location of the temple.
Please do not miss the video at the end of this post that details all the turns and signs to reach the Hindu Temple.
It is advisable to make a call and inform about your visits in advance to the Ashram. Since they always prepare foods for the devotees this would help them plan accordingly.
The official address of the temple is
Matha Gitananda Ashram,
Località Pellegrino 1,
17041 Altare – SV – Italy.
As you can see in the above map, the temple is in the middle of the forest. So, the above address is not available in the most navigator.
Also, if you try on Google maps, then it will lead to the closest proximity, and abruptly stop for you to explore and do adventurous trekking.
So, you can use the below address to locate the starting point of the mud road that leads you into the forest.
Localita Lasagna 4, 17043 Carcare SV
How to reach
From Milan, you can reach Altare by train. There are two major routes you can take to visit this place.
- Through Alessandria (4 hours)
- Through Savona (3 hours)
My recommendation would be to reach through Savona.
To reach here in the car, you should take the Genova – Ventimiglia (A10) autostradale, and exit at the Savona/Torino to take the A6 autostradale. Drive for another 15kms and take the Altare-Carcare exit.
From the toll, drive a few meters and take the first right turn with the signs Carcare.
Continue on this SS29 road until you come across a board mentioning Vispa.
This signboard is important, and after around a few minutes of the drive, you will come across a left turn with a small board mentioning the Gitananda Ashram.
Take the left, and continue driving the paved road.
After a few minutes, you will end up in Localita Lasagna 4, Altare.
From this point onwards, the drive on the mud roads starts that will lead you to the temple inside the forest.
At the end of the drive about 3 KM, you will reach the temple main door.
The Gitananda Matha Ashram was founded in 1984 by Yogasri Swami Yogananda Giri. In this place lives a monastic community based on ethical and religious foundations of Hinduism: Sanatana-dharma.
The temple foundation was made around 1992, and after 7-8 years of hard work, the spiritual place came into existence. There was no mandapa present in those days. In 2000, many sculptors, experts in sacred buildings came from India and worked to decorate the place with divine statue.
In 2012, many pandits and swamis from India came to this place and made a big Yajna for 10 days. And installed the Divine Mother, Shri Maha Lalitha Tiripurasundari in the Sakthi Pitam.
Also, a giant “Peace Bell” was also installed, which is of 7 ton in weight.
The divine feeling starts the moment you enter the grand door of the Ashram.
The moment the door opens, you will have the darshan of the primary God, Lord Ganesha.
On the left, you will see many postures of Yoga performed by severals Yogis.
You will be welcomed the Swamiji’s in the Asharam.
This is the welcome area, where you will be asked to rest and relax with a welcome drink. Once you relaxed, you can visit the Sakthi Pitam of Shri Tiripurasundari.
When we visited, there were chants of Gayathri Mantram and Shri Lalitha Sahasranaamam. What a divine feel, in the land of Itlay.
The Sakthi Pitam also houses a huge Lingam (Shiva) and Nandhi. I heard that the Lingam is of 1 ton in weight.
Once the pooja was completed, we had the darshan, and prasad. We took a brief walk outside the temple.
Huge work has been done here to have all gods from India. Most of the statue was made by experts in India and was transported here to decorate this temple.
We restricted ourselves to not to take any pictures inside the temple, and so as you can see, I took very few pictures outside the temple.
It is a place to feel the divine power of the Mata, and not just see the picture. So, I would recommend this temple as a must-visit place.
To help you to locate the temple easily, I have made a short video with the routes and information. Do have a look and plan your visits accordingly.
Hope you liked this Temple visit. Good luck to you to make a visit in the near future.
Do comment back and let me know how you felt in this Divine place.