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Skanda Vale Carmarthen
Skanda Vale Carmarthen is a Hindu and Multi Faith ashram and monastery in Carmarthenshire, south-west Wales. It was founded on pure Sanathana Dharma; the timeless consciousness of God, as taught by Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita. We believe that all religions stem from, and merge into the one Reality; God is One, though His forms are many.The ashram was established here in Wales in 1973, though our roots can be traced back to Sri Lanka, for that is where our founder, Guru Sri Subramanium was born.
kanda Vale came into being in the summer of 1973 when our founder, Guru Sri Subramanium, moved his small multi-faith temple from London to Wales. Our origins can be traced back to the temples of Badulla and Kataragama in Sri Lanka, because it was in these ancient places of worship that Guruji was given the power and authority from the Lord, to help establish Sanathana Dharma in Britain.
Guru Sri Subramanium was born in Sri Lanka in 1929. His father was the highest-ranking medical officer in Sri Lanka, and his mother was an accepted seer and mystic, who embraced all religions in her devotions. When he was only eight years old, Guruji realized his own spiritual lineage, and was instructed by the Lord to adopt His Name – ‘Subramanium’.
Soon after the end of WWII, Guruji came to Europe, and settled in Britain, where he began working round the clock so that he could teach meditation, chanting and yoga (free of charge) to anyone who came to his door. This became the pattern of his life for many years – uplifting, feeding and caring for his friends and acquaintances.
In 1962, Guruji took a small group to Sri Lanka on pilgrimage. Whilst meditating in the Murugan temple at Badulla, the Lord appeared in the form of a three-headed cobra and asked him what he wanted. Guruji replied he wished to establish a place of worship in the West, completely free from commercialism.
Later, the temple priest asked Guruji what had happened. He replied, “Go and find out for yourself!” The priest went into the sanctuary, and was inspired to present Guruji with the Lord’s Divine weapon, the Vel. On arriving home, a sacred murthi of Lord Muruga was found waiting for him. These sacred artifacts became like a reservoir of spiritual power in the temple he established a year later.
We have three temples, the Murugan Temple, the Maha Shakti Temple and the Sri Ranganatha Temple, and hold six pujas every single day of the year. Skanda Vale is the name of our organisation, whilst the people that live here are known collectively as the Community of the Many Names of God.
Nobody at Skanda Vale is paid. We are a registered charity; all community members live here full time, and are entirely dependent on the grace of God for all their daily needs. Skanda Vale is funded solely through voluntary, anonymous donations. We do not charge anyone for food, accommodation or services; everything is offered completely free of charge. The community is very self-sufficient, and completely independent from any religious or commercial organisations.