Skandhasramam in Udayappatti, Salem was established in 1968.
The installation of Skandhamatha and Sri Jnana Skandha Guru and Kumbhabishekam was performed in 1971.
Maa Astadasa Bhuja Mahalakshmi Durga is affectionately called as Skandhamatha here. Skandhashramam was later expanded with the installation of Panchamukha Anjaneya, Heramba (Pancha Mukha) Ganapathi, Dattatreya, and Swarnakarshana Bhiravar.There are many unique features in skandhashramam.
1. There are Murtis for the Navagrahas with their consorts established around the temple for skandha.
2. There are murtis of all the Hindu Saints inluding Sri Maha Periyava, Sri Judge Swamigal, Sri Swayam Prakasa Swamigal, Sri Ramakrishna and Ramana Maharishi.
3. There are frescoes of the Eighteen Siddhas in the new Homa mandapam.
A big homa mandapam was later constructed.
Salem Skandhashramam _ Important Events
Prathishtas and Kumbabhishekams
31/10/1969 – Establishment of the Yajurveda patasaala.
08/02/1971 – Sri Astadasa Bhuja Mahalakshmi Durga and Sri Jnana Skandha Guru (Dhandapani) shila vigraha prathishta Maha Kumbhabishekam.
Nithya Chandi Homam for 48 days and Satha Chandi Homam on the concluding day.
01/09/1974 – Panchamukha Anjaneya (16 ft in height) shila vigraha prathishta.
05/09/1975 – Sri Dattatreya Bhagavan (16 ft in height) shila vigraha prathishta