The Monastery :
50 years in 2019 !

The Monastery of Mandarom Shambhasalem was founded in 1969 by His Holiness the Lord Hamsah Manarah. Located in the “Alps of Upper Provence” more than 1200 meters above sea level, Mandarom is a true Open-air Temple, where All Traditions have a place, manifesting the Universal Synthesis of Aumism, the Religion of the Unity of God´s Faces.

“I respect and love pilgrims from all traditions, regardless of their way of seeking God.
May this sense of Unity be shared by all religious currents, so that the ideal of rapprochement between all Religions on Earth may progress.”

His Holiness the Lord Hamsah Manarah
(Le Flambeau d’Unité p 421 =The flaming Torch of Unity)


mandarom-monastere-01The construction of the Statue of the Maha Buddha began on March 1st, 1981 and ended on June 24th of the same year. During the construction the Lord Hamsah Manarah fasted for seventy-two days while at the same time, working at the building-site.

This Statue, 22 meters high, is an important Symbol for Buddhism and symbolizes the mystical East.
The Buddha in the Monastery of Mandarom Shambhasalem is the highest sitting Buddha of the West and the 4th largest sitting Buddha in the world.

The statue of the COSMIC CHRIST

mandarom-monastere-02Built in three months during the summer of 1987, the Statue of the Christ, 21 meters’ high, symbolizes the mystical West and faces the Buddha.

The Buddha and the Cosmic Christ facing each other represent the ideal of peace and unity between East and West:

“The gaze of Christ merged into that of the Buddha is a symbol of tolerance and reconciliation between peoples.”

His Holiness the Lord Hamsah Manarah
(L’Unité des Visages de Dieu p.96 (The Unity of God´s Faces)

The mosque of the IMAM MAHDI

For Islam:
This mosque, 11m high, was built in July, 1989.


The Temple of the Avatar KALKI

For Hinduism:
This 15 meter high temple in the shape of a Pillar of Fire was built in August 1989.



The Golden Temple of the Lord MELKITSEDEQ

For Judaism:
Built in the fall of 1989, the Golden Temple is dedicated to the Lord Melkitsedeq, King of Justice and Peace.




mandarom-monastere-06Built in 1990, the Statue of the Cosmo-Planetary Messiah (33 meters’ high), is one of the main Temples of the Aumist religion. It symbolizes Unity between Religions and invites people to be tolerant. It symbolizes religious peace, the end of the horrible scenes where people kill, torture and massacre one another, all in the Name of God.

On September 6th, 2001, it was destroyed by the French authorities, who used the pretext of absence of building permit. It was not until 2006 that they admitted that they had made a mistake and acknowledged the existence of a valid permit…

Yet the message of the Cosmo-Planetary Messiah persists. Moreover, in a small temple, a statue of the Cosmo-Planetary Messiah is still visible to visitors. It continues to remind us all that we cannot oppose one Light of the Lord to another Light of the Lord.

All of the Temples in the Monastery of Mandarom Shambhasalem have been built by the monks and nuns, thus perpetuating the tradition of monk builders. Often they got a strong helping hand from His Holiness the Lord Hamsah Manarah himself, assisting the workers.
“We wish that anyone coming to visit us may find something matching their deep convictions, the image or abstract symbol representing the revered aspect of the Absolute that speaks the most to their heart.”

His Holiness the Lord Hamsah Manarah
(Memoirs of a Yogi, p.308).