Maharishi Vedic City

Office of Tourism • 1973 Grand Drive, Iowa 52556
641-470-7000 •


Celebrate the Arrival of Winter
at the Maharishi Vedic Observatory
December 21 at 12:30 pm

Vedic Observatory

Maharishi Vedic City will host a special lecture and tour of the one-of-a-kind Vedic Observatory Wednesday, December 21, at 12:30 pm to mark the beginning of Winter.

“The Maharishi Vedic Observatory is a two-acre, open-air observatory built according to the principles of the ancient observatories that were once built around the world,” says Observatory builder Tim Fitz Randolph. “It is unique in the world for its ability to display in one compact form the whole structure of the universe along with all the movements of the sun, the planets, and the stars.”

The ten masonry astronomical instruments (see above photo) are based on the principle of the sundial. As the earth turns and the sun moves overhead each day, the instruments cast shadows on their dials. Viewing the Maharishi Vedic Observatory is said to align individual awareness with the intelligence expressed throughout the cosmos.

A highlight of the tour will be observing how the time of solstice is displayed on each of the ten instruments.  The solstices in June and December are the occasions each year when the sun is farthest from the equator. At the solstice in December, the sun reaches its southernmost point in the sky over the Tropic of Capricorn. The winter solstice marks the shortest day of the year and the beginning of winter.

If weather prevents an outdoor event, the lecture will be held indoors.

Directions: To get to the Maharishi Vedic Observatory in Maharishi Vedic City, turn west off of Highway 1 about one mile north of Fairfield onto Airport Road. Continue for 1 mile on Airport Road and turn right onto Jasmine Avenue. Go about ¼ mile on Jasmine and turn left onto Observatory Drive. The Maharishi Vedic Observatory is at the end of Observatory Drive.