A close up image of Maha Kali with flowers and garlands in the gopurum of the Maha Shakti Temple at Skanda Vale Ashram

Maha Shakti Temple

The Maha Shakti (also known as the Maha Kali) Temple was the second temple to be inaugurated by Guru Sri Subramanium, in 1991. It houses a strikingly powerful six foot tall murthi (statue) of Maha Kali, carved from solid black granite. The temple was established on the direct instruction of the Divine Mother, who began making dramatic daily appearances to Guruji in 1986.

Visiting the temple

The temple is open for pujas every day at 6:30am and 6pm, and on Saturdays we perform a mahabishekam at 6pm. The Temple is closed at all other times. The highlight of the month is our full moon Kali Mahabishekam – please check our puja calendar to find out when these take place.

The temple is small, and can seat only 50 people. On Saturdays during the busy summer season, (from May to September) we have to issue free passes on a random basis to give every pilgrim an equal opportunity to be inside the Temple for the puja. These passes are distributed at 3pm, outside the Yaga Sala in the main field of the ashram.

If you do not get a pass, don’t worry – we have plenty of seating, with loudspeakers and video screens, and we never close the Temple until every single pilgrim has had the Divine Mother’s Darshan and Aarthi, however long this may take.

Temple rules

  • If you have eaten meat, poultry or fish three days before coming to Skanda Vale, we ask that you remain outside the Temple on the terrace – we will bring aarthi and prasadam out to you.
  • Children under the age of 7 years old are not allowed inside the Temple until the final aarthi, so as not to disturb the devotions.
  • The Temple is a sacred and highly energised place. Please grant fellow pilgrims your respect – do not talk in the Temple.

Transport for elderly & disabled pilgrims

The Maha Shakti Temple is situated at the top of the ashram, a 15 minute walk (up a steep hill) from the main car park. We have a minibus available to drive elderly and disabled pilgrims from the car park to the Temple. This leaves approximately 20 minutes before the start of the puja, every day. The minibus is not available to families with young children or any able bodied devotees – you must walk to the Temple as part of your pilgrimage.

I can tell you the experience of the Divine Mother is something worth experiencing, because She bears the imprint of great authority and power and Shakti; the energy of the life force that follows the whole Universe.

And when She comes to me in my room and I am doing my puja, or praying, or meditating, well you could imagine the whole of London airport had arrived in my room! Humming… The mighty roar of the Ganga, for She is the Ganga, bringing the tide of great energy and power into our lives.

She is Shakti, She is there to change the destiny of humanity. In this Kali Yuga when life is destructive, when all of humanity is in this whirlwind of destruction, it is only the compassion of the Lord in the form of the Divine Mother who will come to the assistance of humanity. Plead to her Divine friends.Guru Sri Subramanium

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