The Chennai Om Sri Skandasramam is a Hindu shrine situated at the Kambar Street of Mahalakshmi Nagar in the Selaiyur locality of Chennai. The temple is situated about 2 km from the Mahalakshmi Nagar bus stop, which lies on the Velachery-Tambaram main road.
About The Temple
Chennai Om Sri Skandhashramam temple was consecrated by Swami Santhananda on 24 June 1999. Sri Shanthananda Swamigal is also credited to have built the Judge Swamigal Adhishtanam at Pudukkottai, Om Sri Skandasramam at Salem and Dattagiri at Sendamangalam be for constructing this shrine at Selaiyur. The shrine is primarily devoted to Goddess Ugraprathyangira Devi and Lord Sarabheswara. This shrine holds the unique distinction of being the first temple in India dedicated to Goddess Ugraprathyangira Devi. The town of Thirubhuvanam, near Thanjavur houses an ancient Chola temple dedicated to Lord Sarabheswara, while this temple is a more recent shrine dedicated to the Lord. However, Swami Santhananda is believed to have attained heavenly abode even before the completion of this temple.
About The Deity
The temple houses large life sized statues of various gods and goddesses, some of them which are really huge. The meditation hall lies near the forecourt in front of the sanctums. The hall also has the the Maha Meru (Sri Chakra) at its center.
God Panchamukha Heramba Ganapath - Stone - 12 feet in height – Gopuram ( Dome ) Architecture - Orissa Style
Sri Panchamukha Heramba Ganapathi is seated on a simha vaahana (lion vehicle). The deity has five heads, with four faces facing the four directions while the fifth one faces the sky. The Lord appears with ten arms and is seen holding a noose, goad, rudraksha garland, pounder, battle axe and a cord. The sanctums of Sri Bala Ganapathy and Lakshmi Ganapathy are also situated next to this shrine.
God Kamala Siddhi Vinayagar - Stone – 6.5 feet in height - Gopuram ( Dome ) Architecture – Tamil Nadu Style
Sri Kamala Siddi Vinayaka appears sitting on a lotus holding a flower, mango, sugarcane and Parasu in his four arms. The deity also holds a Kalasam in his trunk. The sanctum of this deity is situated to the right of Goddess Bhuvaneswari’s shrine. The vigrahas of Sri Yoga Ganapathy and Uchchista Ganapathy are also found around this shrine.
Goddess Bhuvaneshwari – Stone – 6 feet in height – Gopuram (dome) Architecture – Tamil Nadu Style
Goddess Parvathi is seen gracing here with four arms, the lower ones with abhaya and varada postures, while the upper arms holding the noose and angusam. There are also vigrahas of Dasamahavidya deities, namely, Kali, Tara, Shodasi, Tripurabhairavi, Cinnamastha, Dhumavati, Bagalamuki, Rajamathangi, and Kamalathm around this sanctum.
Saint Shantanada Swamigal – Marble – 4.5 feet in height – Gopuram (dome) Architecture-Tamil Nadu Style
There is a separate shrine dedicated to saint Shantha Nandha Swamigal who is credited to have built this temple. The saint’s shrine is found to the left of Goddess Bhuvaneswari’s sanctum.
God Panchamukha Anjaneya - Stone – 14 feet in height – Gopuram ( dome) Architecture – Orissa Style
The shrine of Lord Sri Panchamukha Anjaneya is located at the vaayu moolai (northwest corner), just opposite to Lord Sanishwara. The idol of the deity has five faces, with each face representing a different deity. Lord Hanuman faces the east, Sri Narasimha faces the south, Garuda is seen facing the west, God Varahaa faces the north while God Hayagriva at the top. The statues of Bhakta Hanuman and Veera Hanuman are consecrated around this sanctum.
God Veera Sarabeswarar - 12 feet in height – Gopuram (dome ) Architecture – Tamil Nadu Style
Lord Shiva graces here as Lord Sarabeshwara. The Lord is seen with a lion’s face and bird’s wings. The two wings of the Lord have Goddess Prathiyankara and Goddess Soolini. The Lord is seen holding a deer, battle axe, snake and fire in the arms while Gods Bhairava and Agni are found residing in his abdomen. The idols of Ashta Bhairavars—Achithanga, Ruru, Chanda, Krodana, Kabala, Unmatha, Bheeshana, Samkara, and svarnakarshana are found around the sanctum.
God Sanishwara - Stone – 14 feet in height – Gopuram ( dome) Architecture – Orissa Style
There is a separate shine for the planet Shani Bhagvan who graces here in the standing posture. He is seen placing one of his legs on his crow mount, while the other leg is firmly placed on the ground. This shrine of Lord Shanishwara is situated on the easanya moolai (northeast corner), opposite to the shrine of Sri Panchamukha Hanuman. Various forms of Lord Sanishwara are installed around this sanctum.
God Swaminatha Swamy – Stone – 12 feet in height – Gopuram (dome) Architecture – Tamil Nadu Style
The Murugan Sannidhi is located opposite to the Goddess Bhuvaneshwari sannadhi. Various idols of Lord Murugan as found in the Arupadai veedu temples (Swamimalai, Tirutani, Tiruparankundram, Palani, Pazhamudircholai, Tiruchendur) and the one at Kadirkamam are found around the sanctum. The deity’s forms of Balamurugan and Subramanya swami are also installed.
God Dattatreya – Stone – 15 feet in height - Gopuram (dome) Architecture - Orissa Style
Idol of God Dattatreya with three heads and six hands holding a trident, rosary, lotus, discus, conch and a water pot is seen, installed in the agni moolai (southeast corner) opposite Panchamukha Heramba Ganapathy. Idols of Gods Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva are installed around this sanctum.
Goddess Ugra Prathiyankara - Panchaloha – 12 feet in height – Gopuram (dome) Architecture – Tamil Nadu Style
The Idol of Goddess Atharvana Bhadrakali is a massive 12 feet image seen sitting on a lion. The goddess is lion faced with four hands bearing a noose in the form of a snake, trident, hand-drum and bowl (kabaala paathram). She also appears wearing a garland of skulls. This deity’s shrine is located facing the sanctum of God Veera Sarabeswara. The statues of Navadurgas, namely, Sailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandrakande, Kushmande, Skandamatha, Kathayayini, Kalarathri, Mahagauri and Sidhithathri are installed around this sanctum. The idol of Soolini Durga which is installed at the feet of Ugra Prathiyankara Devi is a three feet tall image, made of panchaloha. Goddess Soolini represents Goddess Durga with eight arms and is seen riding her lion.
Goddess Chakra Poorna Maha Meru - 5.5 feet in height – Gopuram (dome) Architecture - Tamil Nadu Style
The Chakra Piorna Maha Meru is the personification of Goddess Sakthi and is established right at the centre of the hall.
God Ayyappa - Panchaloha – 7 feet in height – Gopuram (dome) Architecture – Kerala Style
The temple has an Ayyappa Sannidhi where the Lord is seen in a sitting posture, with the right hand showing the gnana mudra and the left one showing the vara mudra. This shrine faces the east and is opposite to the Astadasabhuja Durga. The idol of Kanni Moolai Ganapathy is installed to the right
Goddess Ashtadasabuja Durga Parameswari - 6 feet in height – Gopuram (dome) Architecture – Tamil Nadu Style
Idol of Goddess Parvathi’s incarnation mounted on a lion, with her 18 hands holding various weapons, including the trident of God Shiva, the discus of God Vishnu, the conch of Varuna, the bow and arrows of Vayu, and the vajra of Indra. Installed in the southern part of the temple, behind the Sahasralingam, facing the north
God Maha Sudarshana Murthy (Chakarathazhwar) with Lakshmi Narasimhar – Panchaliha – 18 feet in height
The Chakrathazhwar or Lord Sudharsha’s idol is quit unique. On one side of idol is chakrathazhwar while the other side has Lord Lakshmi Narasimhar (along with his consort Goddess Lakshmi) on the reverse. Usually Yoga Narasimhar is only found in the reverse but the idol of Sudharshana chakra here has Lord Lakshmi Narasimhar. The dasavatar idols are installed around the sanctum of Sri Chakrathazhvar. A five foot high idol of Lord Venkatachalapathy is locatef opposite the Chakrathazhwar Sannidhi.
Sahasralingam – Stone – 9.5 feet in height
Idol of God Shiva in lingam form, Weighing 20 tons, the idol has 53 lingams in each of the 19 lines making a total of 1,007 lingams carved within the main lingam and is accompanied by a Nandhi (the bull) measuring 5 feet long and 4 feet high. Around this sanctum are the idols of God Dakshinamurthy, God Venkatachalapathy with Goddess Alarmel Mangai and God Brahmma.
Poojas and Abhishekam
POOJAS FOR LORD KAMALA SIDDHI VINAYAKA, PANCHAMUKHA HERAMBA GANAPATHY
It customary to begin anything new with a pooja to Lord Vigneswara. Special Abhishekams and poojas are performed for the Pancha Mukha Heramaba Ganapathy and the Kamala Siddhi Vinayakar here on the Chaturti thithi falling every month. The annual Vinayaka Chaturti festivals is an important day of worshipping Lord Ganapathi here. Modakam, Arukampul, Erukan flower, coconuts, milk are offered to the deity on these special days.
POOJAS FOR GODDESS PRATHANKIRA DEVI
Other than the daily Prathyankira Sarabha Sulini Homam, special abishekam is performed to Goddess Pratankira Devi on every Amavasya (New Moon day). Special Poojas and Abhishekams are performed on the Fridays of the Tamil months of Aadi & Thai. The revered Adi puram, Navarathri and Deepavali we the other festivals celebrated here. Lemon and red coloured flowers are offered ava Prasad to the devotees apart from the sacred Kunkuma.
POOJAS FOR LORD VEERA SARABESWARA
The Prathyankira Sarabha Soolini Homam is conducted on all Sundays during Raghu Kala. The performance of this Homam is believed to eradicate all the evils from this world. A special Abhishekam is also performed to Lord Veera Sarabeswara after the Homam. The Pradoshas days are considered auspicious for the worship of Lord Veera Sarabeshwarar. Anna Abhishekam is also performed to the Lord on the Amavasya (New moon) in the Tamil month of Aippasi.
POOJAS FOR GODDESS MATHA BHUVANESHWARI
The occasion of Chitra Pournami is considered auspicious for the worship of Matha Bhuvaneshwari to whom special Abishekas and Alankaras (dressing) are done. Apart from this day, all the Fridays in the Tamil months of Aadi & Thai, Sundays of the Tamil month Avani, the revered Adi puram festival, all the Pournami (full moon day), the nine day long Navarathri festival and Deepavali are also considered holy for the worship of this deity.
POOJAS FOR LORD SKANDA
Various Abhishekams and poojas are performed to Sri Swaminatha Swami during the Karthikai star that falls every month. Other auspicious days like the Panguni Uthiram, Skanda Shashti and Vaikasi Vishakam are also grandly celebrated here. The festival of Kartigai Deepam is one of the most prominent festivals celebrated here.
POOJAS FOR LORD SHIVA
The much revered Mahasivarathri is as major festival celebrated in this temple. Special abhishekams and pujas are performed for Lord Shiva here for the four kalams apart from the pradosham which falls twice in a month. The Vilvam leaves are also offered to the Lord which is considered auspicious for his worship.
POOJAS FOR LORD SANISWARA
Special Poojas and abhishekams are performed to Shani Bhagavan on all Saturdays. Devotees also light lamps with gingerly oil to appease the planet God. The occasion of Shani Payarchi (Transition of planet Shani from one Rasi to another) special abhishekams are performed on the deity.
POOJAS FOR LORD PANCHAMUKHA HANUMAN
Poojas for Panchamukha Hanuman on Thursdays, Saturdays, Hanumath Jayanthi is done. Lamps lit with Ghee are offered along with Tulasi malai, Vadai Malai, betal nut mamail, Sindhuram and Butter.
POOJAS FOR LORD IYYAPAN
Abhishekas are performed on Lord Ayyappa on the Uttram star falling every month. The Uthram nakshatra (Star) is the birth star of Sri Ayyappa. Abhisheka with Ghee is also performed on the deity in the tamil month of Karthigai. Special rituals are performed on the auspicious occasion of Makara Jothi.
POOJAS FOR ASTA DASA BHUJA DURGA PARAMESWARI
Devotees worship the goddess with Garlands made up of lemon, arali flowers, Lemon. Rahu Kaala abhisheka is performed to the deity other than lighting lamps with ghee or oil on every Tuesdays and Fridays (3 –4.30 pm and 10.30 –12.00). Poojas are also performed on Tuesdays and Fridays of the Tamil months of Aadi & Thai, Adi puram festival, Navarathri and Deepavali.
POOJAS FOR LORD DATTATREYA
Lord Dattatreya is considered as the Adi Guru and hence special poojas, abhishekams on Guru Varam i.e., Thursdays are performed apart from the Datta Jayanthi festival and during chaturmasya.
POOJAS FOR SADGURU SHANTANADA SWAMIGAL
Guru Shantananda Swamigal is a divine saint who shows the path of knowledge and wisdom. Special poojas are performed for the holy saint everyday apart from Thursdays. Guru aradana is also conducted during the chaturmasya.
PRATHYANKIRA SARABHA SOOLINI KOTI HOMAM
The most important pooja ritual conducted every day at the temple is the Prathyankira Sarabha Soolini Koti Homam. This Homam is performed chanting the moolamantras of all the deities of this Ashram. This Homam is conducted every day according to Sathguru Srimad Shanthananda Swamigal’s directions and strictly adhere to vedic sastras. This Homam is basically performed for the welfare of the nation and for the benefit of mankind.
DURGA SAPTHA SATHI PARAYANAM
700 slokas constituting the Durga Saptha Sathi in praise of Goddess Chandi Durga (who is the personification of Mahakali, Mahalakshmi and Mahasarasvathi) are recited at the temple every day.
Nava varna Pooja is performed for the Sri Chakra Poorna Maha Meru on Krishna paksha / sukla paksha Panchami, Astami, Navami, Cahturdasi, New moon and Full moon days to bestow prosperity.
GURU PAADUKA POOJA
Devotees perform the Guru Paaduka Pooja during Chaturmasya (July to September) in order to invoke the divine blessings of Lord Dattatreya, Sri Judge Swamigal, Sri Swayamprakasha Swamigal and Sri Shanthananda Swamigal.
HOMAM FOR WORLD PEACE
On the me year eve of January 1st every year, special Homam is performed in this temple seeking world peace and wellness of people around the world.
Annadhanam is conducted every day in this temple to satisfy the poor and the hungry. The Maha Chandi homam is conducted on special occasions.
How To Reach Chennai
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Chennai Om Sri Skandasramam Temple,
1, Kambar St, Mahalakshmi Nagar,
Tamil Nadu, Pincode - 600073.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- For the gift of childbirth
Shadaananam Chandana Liptha Gathram Mahorasam Divya Mayoora Vaahanam Rudrasya Soonum Suraloka Naatham Brahmanya Devam Charanam Prapadye
Meaning -I always take refuge in the 6 faced Lord Guha, who has sandal paste smeared over his body, who is broad-chested, whose vehicle is the peacock, who is Lord Shiva's son and who leads the army of the Devas.
Heyswami Natha Karunakara Dheenabandho Shree Parvatheesha Mukha Pankaja Padmabandho Shree Saadhi Devagana Poojitha Padha Padma Vallesa Nadha Mama Dehi Karaavalambham
Meaning -O! Merciful Lord Swaminatha, who cares for the poor, who is the sun to Lord Shiva's lotus face, whose lotus feet are acknowledged by Lord Vishnu and the others, Valli's Lord, please uplift me by lending me your hand.
Ariru Thadanthozh Vazhga Arumugam Vazhga Veppai Kooru Sei Thanivel Vazhga Kukkudum Vazhga Sevvel Yeriya Magnai Vazhga Aanai Thun Anangu Vazhga Maarila Valli Vazhga Vazhga Seer Adiyar Yellam
Meaning -Oh Muruga, we hail your 12 strong shoulders for they protect us from our enemies, we hail your 6 faces, we hail the Vel, your weapon that broke apart the Krounja mountain to reveal the asura in it. We hail the bird, the cock, that is part of your symbol in the flag. We hail your peacock, that takes you all over the world, we hail your consort Devyani, who was brought up by Indra's white elephant, Airavadam, we hail your other consort, the flawless Valli. And we hail your Bhaktas who worship you as a prayer.
Uruvai Aruvai Uladhai Iladhai Maruvai Malarai Maniyai Oliyai Karuvai Uyirai Gadhiyai Vidhiyai Guruvai Varuvai Arulvai Guhaney
Meaning -O Lord Muruga, you have form and you are formless, you have everything and have nothing, you who exist in the smallest, in flowers, in a bell's ring, in the light. You are the embryo, the life, destiny and fate. Bestow your blessings on us as our guru.
The temple is open from 6 A.M to 9 P.M