Swami Sathasivom first received the inspiration to establish Shiva temples in the United States in 1989. In 2007 he began the construction of the first four of an eventual 12 sahasralingams to come to the United States. In the summer of 2010, Swamiji undertook a three month vow to complete 1008 Chandi homams, in support of his vision to establish the jyotirlingam temples in the United States. By performing ten Chandi homas every day for three months Swamiji was able to complete this vow in August of 2010 in Ashland, MA, near Boston. Shortly afterwards Sri Maha Kaleshwar jyotirlingam arrived in La Honda, and the first of the envisioned twelve jyotirlingam temples was established.
The temple began conducting public programs August 28, 2010 in the mountains of La Honda, CA, with regular abhishekams, festivals, and other programs. In February 2012 Sri Maha Kaleshwar sahasra jyotirlingam moved to its current location in Santa Clara, CA, in order to serve more people. Our sister organization, Sri Sambha Sathashiva Vidya Peetham, a religious and educational nonprofit institute, shares the new space.