Skandasramam, located in serene
surroundings amidst hillocks in the vicinity of Salem, is a temple
complex with shrines to Skanda and to other deities.
Skandasramam was founded by Shantananda Swami in the latter half of the
20th century. Shantananda Swami - a disciple of Swayamprakasa - was also
associated with the Avadhoota Dattatreya Sampradaya of Gujarat
- and with several philanthropic activities.
Skandasramam is a unique temple. The presiding deities here are Skanda
and Ashtadasabhuja Mahalakshmi (also Mahishasuramardhini). Also here are
shrines to Pancha Mukha Ganapati, Ashtaadasabhuja Mahalakshmi, Dhanvantri, Pancha mukha
Hanumaan (bearing faces of Anjaneya, Narasimha, Garuda, Varaaha and Hayagreeva),
Dattatreya and Shiva. Most of the images are imposing ones, housed in shrines of vast
dimensions. The sancta of Skanda and Amman face each other.
The image of Skanda is of greate beauty. Ambaal's image with 18 arms is an imposing one,
and is said to be a manifestation of all forms of Divinity revered in the Indian system of
beliefs. The Tiruvaasi behind this image bears images of Navadurgas.
Another unique feature of this temple is that the Navagrahams are enshrined along with
their spouses. There are also images of the four Vedas.
Skandaasramam is also known as Skandagiri. The theertham here is Kannimaar
An elaborate schedule of worship services is carried out throughtout the day, commencing
with the Suprabhata Sevai in the morning. Kartikai Deepam is celebrated in a very grand
manner in this temple.