The Temple

Somaskanda Ashram is a public multi-faith place of worship high up in the mountains. The main murthi (statue) is of Somaskanda, a large Shiva Lingam and Yoni towered by a three-headed Nag (snake), representing both male and female aspects of the Divine. Idols from various religions (mainly Hinduism, Christianity and Buddhism) are worshipped in the temple. Read more about the history of the temple.

The temple is available to all, irrespective of their cultural and religious background. The doors open three times a day for the pujas (worship) led by the Swamis (priests) from Skanda Vale: at 06:00, 12:00 and 19:30. The lunchtime puja with its daily abishekam (special ritual) is the main service of the day.

We celebrate many special events: full moon and new moon, Nandi puja, Navagraha puja, and many Hindu festivals as well as the main Christian and Buddhist Holidays. Please check our calendar for more information.

A large black granite statue or murthi of Somaskanda

Somaskanda Murthi

A Christian shrine featuring images of Christ and St Francis with candles

Christmas

Buddha Wesak

Visiting the temple

  • Attend our daily worship. Come for a day or just for a single puja.
  • Take time for yourself and stay at the Ashram. Experience everyday life at the Ashram and help with tasks at hand – be it finishing details in the temple or helping with the running of the house.
  • Attend a retreat.
  • Find out more about visiting the temple by checking our visitor information and the calendar.

Images of Lord Nataraj

Mother Kali

 Special pujas

  • Full moon

    8. December  12:00 - 14:00

  • Dattatraya Jayanti

    11. December  12:00 - 13:30

  • Nandi puja

    23. December  12:00 - 13:00

  • Mitternachtsmesse / Midnight mass

    24. December  23:45 - 25. December  01:30

  • Weihnachtsgottesdienst / Christmas service

    25. December  19:30 - 20:30

A metal statue or murthi of Subramanium / Murugan with flower garland

Lord Muruga

Find out more:

The retreats
Visiting the Ashram

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