Sacred sites

There has been worship on the land at Skanda Vale since ancient times. Our sacred sites offer energised spaces for prayer, offering and silence. 

The Samadhi of Guru Sri Subramanium

Guru’s Samadhi features a very large Shaligram (river boulder) and a lifelike statue of Guru, all in a beautifully landscaped garden.

A murthi of Lord Ganesh at Skanda Vale

Bhumi Ganesh

As you enter the main gates, you are soon greeted by a great murti of Lord Ganesh as Bhumi Ganesh, seated joyfully looking out from the Murugan temple down across the valley.

A statue of St Francis with flower petals

St. Francis of Assisi

Near the Sri Ranganatha temple is a simple shrine for Skanda Vale’s patron saint – Francis of Assisi. 

Durga Lake

A striking murti of Durga presides over a large lake shrine near the Sri Ranganatha temple. She dwells in nature and is surrounded by birds, fish, plants and, when it’s quiet, a family of otters.

Lord Murugan's Vel on a hilltop with devotees praying

Hilltop vel shrine

To celebrate Skanda Vale’s 50th anniversary, in August 2023 a nine-metre-high Vel (spear) of Lord Murugan, encircled by a three-headed Naaga (snake), was consecrated at a hillside shrine above Skanda Vale.

Lord Dattatreya

Lord Dattatreya, the Trimurti avatar of Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara lives beneath a fig tree by the Sri Ranganatha temple.


Nagaraja, the three-headed Lord of Serpents is one of the guardians of the Sri Ranganatha temple and a very significant deity for our Guru. 

Our temples

Skanda Vale Ashram is home to four beautiful multi-faith temples for Lord Murugan, Divine Mother Kali, Sri Ranganatha and Shirdi Sai Baba. We also run a mountain retreat temple in the Swiss Alps, known as Somaskanda Ashram.

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