Lord Ayyapan

Sri Dharma Shastha is well known as Harihara Suthan – the son of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu (in His avatar as Mohini). Lord Ayyapan is the protector of Dharma and Rigteousness, and is the destroyer of evil. His right hand shows the Gnana Mudra which represents knowledge and his Left hand shows the Vara Mudra which represents the granting of boons. He is the guardian of Dharma in this world. Chennai Om Sri Skandasramam has a huge 7 foot image of Lord Ayyapa the giver of infinite boons, in a sitting posture and made up of five kinds of metal called the panchaloka. He is positioned in the East facing the Astadasabhuja Durga.


The structure of the gopuram is like the Kerala type of model. To his right is installed the Kanni Moolai Ganapathy.

Special day : Every Month Uttira Nakshatram & Makarasankaranthi


Sri Chakra Poorna Maha Meru

In Hindu mythology Goddess Shakti is personified as the Sri Chakra Poorna Maha Meru. At Chennai Om Sri Skandasramam, the four deities face the 4 cardinal directions and in front of them, at the centre, is installed the Sri Chakra Poorna Maha Meru in Panchaloka and is 5 ½ feet in height. It is believed that all the devathas have emerged from the Meru and that Goddess Shakti herself resides in the form of Shrividhya at the Bindu (top of the Meru).


This gopuram represents the Tamilnadu type of architecture. All the gopurams are installed according to the Veda Sastra.

Special day : Navavarna Pooja: Astami, Navami, Chaturdasi, Full Moon Day & New Moon Day

Goddess Ugra Prathiyankira Devi

Facing the Sannidhi of Lord Veera Sarabeswara is the 12-foot panchaloka icon of Goddess Ugra Prathiyankara also known as Atharvana Bhadrakali. She is also referred to as Aparajitha – the invincible. She is believed to have emerged from the fire emanating from the third eye of Lord Sarabeswarar. It was Goddess Prathiyankara who aided in subsiding the anger of Lord Narasimha. She is lion – faced and is seated on a lion. Her four hands bear a noose in the form of a snake, trident, hand-drum and bowl (kabaala paathram). She wears a garland of skulls. In this Kali yuga, where evil is manifest in varied forms, Goddess Prathiyankara is regarded as the saviour of mankind, alleviating the sufferings of humanity. She possesses the power to offset the influences of black magic. Though fearsome in appearance, she is the very embodiment of benevolence and grace to her devotees.

Navadurgas `Sri Sailaputri, Sri Brahmacharini, Chandrakande, Kushmande, Skandamatha, Kathayayini, Kalarathri, Mahagauri and Sidhithathri’ are installed around this sannadi. This gopuram represents the Tamilnadu type of architecture.

Special day : New Moon Day,Ashtami

Lord Dattatreyar

Born as the son of the great sage Athri and his wife Anusuya, Lord Dattatreya is the very embodiment of the Trinity – Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. The Veda says that the Trinity are the different forms of the one and only Supreme Being and Lord Dattatreya stands as a classic representative of this profound truth. He is the primordial symbolization of the Supreme Truth and Reality. He is the one of the ultimate manifestations of the divine in a tripartite form representing Creation, Sustenance and Withdrawl. Lord Dattatreya has 3 heads and 6 hands. His hands weild a trident, rosary, lotus, discus, conch and a water-pot. He is represented as a Sannyasi and stands for the principles of detachment and renunciation. His 4 watch dogs are the 4 Vedas. The stone idol of Lord Dattatreya is installed as a 15 feet idol in the `Agni Moolai’ in between East and South in this temple right opposite Panchamukha Heramba Ganapathy. He is revered as the divine preceptor or the Guru and is the fountainhead of the Avadhuta Tradition. He is the bestower of Bhakti and Mukthi on his devotees.


Around this sannadhi Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Siva are installed. This gopuram represents the Orissa type of architecture.

Special day : Full Moon Day & Dattatreyar Jyanthi

Lord Sri Swaminatha Swami

It is significant that Lord Swaminatha Swamy (Skanda) is enshrined facing the Universal Mother, Bhuvaneshwari. The icon of Skanda stands in great splendour at a height of 12 feet. All the deities at Chennai Om Sri Skandasramam are colossal to enable the devotee to see the eyes and feet clearly and thereby obtain their complete grace.


Around this sannadhi are installed the different forms of Lord Muruga in the `Arupadai veedu’ – Swamimalai, Tirutani, Tiruparankundram, Palani, Pazhamudircholai, Tiruchendor apart from Murugan of Kadirkamam, Balamurugam and Lord Subramanya swami. This gopuram represents the Tamilnadu type of architecture.

Special day : Every Month Krithigai, Kanda shasti, Vaikasi Visakam, Thai Poosam, Panguni Uthiram, & Aadi Krithigai. Every Tuesday Special Sahasranamam astotaram.


Lord Saniswarar

Lord Saniswara is one of the most important planets of the Navagraha. He is also the bestower of benevolent grace, though at times the devotee faces problems when Lord Saniswara is places in a malevolent position in the horoscope. In order to appease Him and receive his bountiful Grace devotees offers prayers and special offerings to him. Only in a few temples do we see a separate sannadhi for Lord Saniswara like in Skandasramam where this idol made up of stone is 14 feet in height and is placed in the `Esanya Moolai’ in between North and East right opposite Lord Panchamukha Anjaneyar. Since Lord Saniswara is facing Lord Hanuman it is believed that whoever is in the clutches of Sani will not face much of problems. Lord Saniswara is in the standing posture with one leg on his vehicle the crow while the other leg is placed on the ground.


Around the sannadhi are installed the different forms of Lord Saniswara. The gopuram is like the Orissa type of architecture.

Special day : Every Tamil month First Saturday – Special Abhishekam and every Saturdays – distribution of Ell Annam

Lord Veera Sarabeswarar

Lord Sri Veera Sarabeswarar

According to Hindu mythology Lord Shiva sends Veerabhadra to quell the anger of Lord Narasimha after the latter had vanquished the demon King Hiranyakashipu. Unable to control the turbulence of Lord Narasimha, Veerabhadra pleads to Lord Shiva for help. A shaft of light enters Veerabhadra who assumes the magnificent form of Lord Sarabeswara. The 12-foot icon of Sri Veera Sarabeswara at Chennai Skandasramam is half-bird and half-beast, with two wings bearing Goddess Prathiyankara and Goddess Soolini on either side. The face is that of a Yali. Sarabeswara bears a deer, battleaxe, snake and fire in his four hands. He also bears Bhairava and Agni in his abdomen. Two of his four feet rest on a mountain. The benign grace of Lord Veera Sarabeswara is said to protect devotees from all kinds of malevolent forces.


The Asta bhairavar’s `Achithanga Bhairavar, Ruru Bhairavar, Chanda, Krodana, Kabala, Unmatha, Bheeshana, Samkara, svarnakarshana Bhairavar are installed around the Sannadhi. This gopuram represents the Tamilnadu type of architecture.

Special day : Every Sunday Raghukalam (4.30 P.M – 6.00 P.M)