Skanda Vale
Skanda Vale
4.5
4:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Monday
4:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Tuesday
4:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Wednesday
4:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Thursday
4:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Friday
4:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Saturday
4:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Sunday
4:30 AM - 10:30 PM
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Skanda Vale is a monastery and ashram with three multi faith temples. We are not a tourist destination, but a place for genuine pilgrims to enhance their spiritual experience.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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Sasha
2 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
An honest review of a very special sacred and holy place to offer your since prayers and to overcome obstacles in your life
Skandavale is an amazing place to visit and to be part of the pujas. I attended with my family, my husband and 3 kids over a busy weekend but we enjoyed the experience even more being with everyone who was there to enjoy the pujas. The pujas by the priests are breathtaking. I’m still in awe of it all. Seeing is believing as there are no words to describe the sacredness of these pujas having seen pujas in India , these pujas are breathtaking and pure. The singing of bhajans and Vedas are all too beautiful. We attended a few pujas and were fortunate to have the tasty Prasadum of rice, dhall , vegetables and fruit. Despite long ques for food with hundreds of people , we got to enjoy this free warm meal served by the community in the tent. We got to see the elephants, deer, donkey , pony’s , horses, birds and enjoy the flowers , gardens bring surrounded by hills , the sky and clouds , sun overlooking everything . We also visited the shop which had a range of beautiful things. We had lovely tea served by a friendly couple and delicious pakoras. Please ignore the negative reviews as this is a place to visit for pujas, to immerse yourself in the divine and to get blessings from Muruga, Kali ma , Shirdi Baba and others. My family thoroughly enjoyed the day with hundreds of like minded people and to be part of this , with the selfless brilliant behind the scenes service of the Swamis, Sisters and Sevadals-definitely a place to visit and to be with God and to offer your sincere prayers to the divine. We took offerings and surprised the bunch of flowers was place in Lakmis hands. The new Shirdi temple is very special. Even Satya Sai Babas presence is felt there. We are looking forward to visiting again soon.Toilets were clean despite hundreds visiting a place where everything is free and you can offer donations and offerings as you wish. My best advice is for families to plan your journeys , be familiar with puja times , have your snacks especially if you have kids like me 😊as with planning it can be the most enjoyable experience you will all ever have. I’ve visited temples in India including Prashanti Niyalam, Kashu Vishvanauth , and Ganges , but this place , is as sacred and holy as you will get in a place of worship. I highly recommend Skandavale to all seeking miracles , prayers answered , peace , happiness and just being in presence of the divine. Kali ma is very powerful so if this is what you drawn to, this is the place to visit. Namaste and I hope this review helps you. Thanks to everyone at Skandavale , all the amazing priests , nuns, communities and Sevadals.
Written July 25, 2023
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RohiniK
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May 2022 • Family
Its a very peaceful place to visit. The monks pray sincerely and have learnt slokas in sanskrit over the years.

One should visit to connect with nature and inturn connecting to God. The monks and the mantras are trying to create a good environment for our spiritual experience. Its ones own responsibility at the end of the day; not the monk's nor the elephant's.

Some devotees come with the sense of entitlement and lash out complaints on how this time the puja was shorter than the last time or how the prasad food was more elaborate a while ago. However, the whole point is lost.

The monks have created and running the place, they are generous enough to welcome all people who are looking for some senere spiritual experience AND provide them free food; allow them to be part of their monastry poojas etc. They are giving us an opurtunity to peek into their day to day life. Yet people complain they arnt doing enough or have not treated them with utmost importance. This holier than thou attitute is rude. Oh dont get me started on 'my children want to see the elephant where the hell is that animal now?'.

Just go and enjoy a beautiful temple connected with nature. Grab Sri Ranganatha Swamy and Kaali matha blessings. Feel happy about the animals who seem to be taken care well. Be part of the group of people who are living there. Have hot maha prasadam and end the day smiling, why make it any complex than that?
Written May 31, 2022
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Climber60501197593
1 contribution
Oct 2023 • Family
We visit Skandavale a few times a year, and each visit is truly refreshing. It leaves us revitalized, full of energy, and with a peaceful state of mind. Words can't truly capture the experience – you have to be there to understand it.

Consider these reviews from the perspective that aligns with what you're looking for.

If you're going as a tourist, you might be a bit disappointed by the low mobile signals and the no-photography rule inside the Temple. The entire place is maintained by monks and volunteers (no paid staff), and while they do a fantastic job, on very busy, rainy days, keeping everything spotless every single minute can be a challenge.

But if you're a spiritual seeker, a devotee looking for a pilgrimage, or interested in selfless service (Seva), Skandavale is like a piece of heaven on Earth. The energy, devotion, and the opportunity to serve selflessly are truly exceptional. As soon as you enter the temple, you'll feel like you're in a different, calm realm.

The temple provides free meals three times a day, so you don't need to worry about going outside for basic needs. You can immerse yourself in various pujas throughout the day. The temple doesn't expect anything from its visitors, and any donations can be made anonymously. It's a perfect place for spirituality. Simply put, it's an amazing experience!
Written October 30, 2023
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Jolly P
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Oct 2021 • Family
We visited 25/10/21. Skanda vale temple in WALES after Driving-for nearly 5 hours and waiting nearly 1.15 minutes for darshan even though we had pre booked the Visit online we were given the Slot at 4.30pm there was no one available to check us in at arrival then to be told no darshan until 6.00pm. We decided to wait until 6.00pm then to be told we Cannot stay in the temple due to COVID-19 Regulations. Then we were asked to leave the Temple to watch Arti Ceremony in the Tent on the t.v screen as the locals were given priority over the visiting Guest to enter the Temple for arti. We were told we can do darshan after arti which will be 45 to 50 minutes later. Firstly the website didn’t Clerify that Temple will remain Closed until 6.00pm. Do not issue visiting booking Prior to 6.00pm online. Why allow locals Priority over Vistors who have travelled a long way and pre booked a slot for Dharshan. This is Totally out of Order and defeating the objective of Pre booking a Visit. A huge Disappointment for the Whole Family members and whole Experience. I would like to Advise anyone who is planning to Visit please kindly check your time and not come to the Temple before 5.30pm. Jai Maha kali, om shanti
Written October 26, 2021
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Samhi1986
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Nov 2021 • Solo
As others have said Skanda Vale feels very unwelcoming and insular. The only people who don't feel hostile are other visiting pilgrims.

They ask that you don't come as a tourist, come as a pilgrim- but it's very hard to feel any connection when you're acutely aware of how unwelcoming it is. This does not feel like a healthy place.

If you want to visit as a genuine "pilgrim" you will leave feeling alienated and sad. If you want to visit as a "tourist" you will have a very strange day out observing what you might view as a predominantly white run social enterprise meets cult.
Written November 7, 2021
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Lola T
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Feb 2020 • Couples
This is NOT a tourist attraction to watch Elephant. This wonderful place allows you to reflect on your life with ease and no drama. The monks are not there to take care of your needs (like a baby). Be silent and do things consciously and take care of yourself. Be happy that this place is here to provide you the opportunity to connect with the Devine. Leave all your silly dramas at home.
Written March 1, 2020
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Suzanne Senthil
Tiruvannamalai, India45 contributions
Sep 2021 • Solo
Bliss, peace, joy and love set in beautiful rolling hills, and wooded areas. “God is god” - a beautiful ecumenical spiritual experience. As Hindu it was amazing, serene and healing. This celebrates multifaith communal prayer. They also provide hospice care in a nearby as part of their “service” led philosophy. I have visited before and will do again.
Written September 8, 2021
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Jo R
Bristol, UK4 contributions
May 2018 • Solo
I arrived in the morning . A lengthy puja was happening . I walked all round did not see a soul . Animal enclosures empty also which I found weird .
I entered reception where the welcome was not warm . I looked round the frankly tawdry shop and gently and politely enquired whether I might meet the famed elephant . I am an animal reiki healer and had heard much about this wonderful animal so was looking forward to an exchange of energy with her .
I was told in no uncertain terms that I could not . She was not a tourist attraction and hundreds of people come all the time to ask the same thing. It was not what was said but how. I felt sad especially as there are declarations of the practise of unconditional love everywhere . No one I met smiled at me or was welcoming in any way . I could not imagine going to Taplow court which is our Buddhist center and not being warmly welcomed and engaged happily . I came with love on a spiritual pilgrimage and left quickly and full of sadness. Not cool skanda vale . Sort your reception attitude out ! I am not the only one to have this experience so I know it's not just me .
Written May 16, 2018
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Hi Jo, thanks for leaving the feedback, I'm really sorry you didn't receive a proper welcome, there's no excuse. We'll discuss it amongst the community and do our best to put things right. I'll try and explain a bit about what's happening behind the scenes, maybe that will help. The last two years has seen massive expansion in Skanda Vale – our Guru's plans to open a new six bed inpatient unit at Skanda Vale Hospice, and consecrate a new ashram in the Switzerland have both come to fruition at exactly the same time. Whilst both developments offer great potential to reach more people and change lives for the better, it has left us quite stretched as a community. Each of us is working hard to make these new developments a success, whilst still attending to our regular work – caring for animals, attending pujas, meeting the public and maintaining the ashram etc. This year we plan to slow down and consolidate, not take on any more projects for a time – hopefully that might help cheer the reception team up a bit. I hope that helps explain things. Once again I'm sorry. Best wishes - Elliot
Written June 6, 2018
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Blodeuwedd C
Loughborough, UK34 contributions
May 2018 • Solo
No cameras, no phones and no smoking, this place felt like a new age cult. Very unfriendly, was told by a resident that we could not walk down a footpath because "we have to live here" even though it was a public right of way. No hello's from anybody, just frowns and grumpy grimaces. Shakti temple was closed but Vishnu water feature was aesthetically entertaining. Found freaky barn with thousands of birds inside, this place is totally weird, enter at your peril.
Written May 28, 2018
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Dear Blodeuwedd C. Thanks for getting in touch. We'd like to apologise for being grumpy. There's no excuse for it. We'll talk about it amongst the community and make sure everyone's aware how things can be perceived. We also will look at staffing reception more so there's a warmer welcome to pilgrims, it's something a few people have mentioned, thank you. With regards mobile phones, there's a reason we discourage their use here. Skanda Vale is a place of pilgrimage, not a tourist destination. We want people to come here and gain a genuine experience of the Divine. For that you need to be present minded, more aware of the inner life, less distracted by calls, texts, emails etc. Finally, your comment about the barn with thousands of birds. We're at a loss to understand what you refer to. There are several barns in Skanda Vale, but none of them have any birds in. We have 40 chickens, 12 turkeys, 23 geese and 13 ducks that live in a 3 acre field, with 21 separate enclosures and sheds. There's nothing freaky or weird about any of this, and we are self-evidently not a new age cult. Best wishes – Elliot
Written June 7, 2018
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Ganga shrestha
1 contribution
Oct 2019 • Family
I was so excited to be visiting this temple but I left really disappointed. Firstly, people there were extremely unwelcoming and looked like they wanted to leave. I was looking forward to seeing the elephant but was told I couldn't see it.People's who were giving out Prasad did not wash their hands and i was absolutely appaled by this. Overall this is a horrible temple I would not recommend that anyone should go to it
Written October 19, 2019
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