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Temples of Tamilnadu >>Skandaasramam
Abodes of Skanda >>Skandaasramam
Travel Base: Salem

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 Odai.

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.