The Skanda Vale temple in Carmarthenshire, Wales

We were looking out for places to visit in Wales and found Skanda Vale an interesting option. A four hour drive from Reading, Berkshire travelling through country side for the major part brought us to Skanda Vale, Llanpumsaint in the Carmarthenshire county of Wales. The path leading to the temple is narrow and just enough for one vehicle to pass at a time. A very scenic path though.

The Skanda Vale temple also known as the "The Community of the Many Names of God" has temples dedicated to Murugan, Ranganatha and Maha Shakti.






The temple was established in Wales way back in 1973. The 115 acres of hilly site has farmlands and a small block of woodland.





There is a Ganesh temple at the entrance of the temple.



We were just in time for the 9:30 am pooja at the Ranganatha temple. The pooja was conducted by Englishmen (priests/monks) who chanted all the stotras and mantras very melodiously.









The Sri Ranaganatha Temple is open all day. The Murugan Temple and the Shakti Temple are only open during pooja times.

Daily Pooja Timings
5.00 am Murugan Temple
6.30 am Maha Shakti Temple
9.30 am Ranganatha Temple
1.30 pm lunchtime Offering Murugan Temple
6.00 pm Maha Shakti Temple
9.00 pm Murugan Temple (except after Maha Shakti Full Moon Pooja)

In 1981 when the then President of Sri Lanka visited this temple, he presented it with a baby elephant. The elephant named Valli still lives in the temple premises. There are many other animals cared for in the temple premises.

Address:
The Community of the Many Names of God
Skanda Vale
Llanpumsaint
Carmarthen
SA33 6JT
Wales
United Kingdom



Tel: 01559 384 421
Fax: 01559 384 999

The Sri Ranganatha Temple is open 24 hours a day for prayer and contemplation. However the daily pooja at this temple is held at 9:30 in the morning only.

The Maha Shakti Temple is open for pooja daily at 6:30am and 6:00pm however the temple is closed at all other times of the day.

The Murugan Temple is open for pooja daily at 5:00am, 1:30pm and 9:00pm. At all other times of the day it will be closed.


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8 comments:

  1. hi i would like to know about transport between carmarthen and skanda vale. we are going by train till carmarthen

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  2. @Technocrat

    There are no local bus services to Skandavale. There is a taxi stand outside the Carmarthen station though. You can take a taxi from there to the temple. It will take you around 20-30 minutes to reach the temple and may cost in the range of £20-25.

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  3. Hi,
    Can anyone tell me about any weekend coach service to the temple from Wembley??

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  4. Hi,
    Is it like only in the time mentioned here we can visit the gods or like anytime we can see them(except the darshan time)/?

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    1. @ Sundar,

      The Sri Ranganatha Temple is open 24 hours a day for prayer and contemplation. However the daily pooja at this temple is held at 9:30 in the morning only.

      The Maha Shakti Temple is open for pooja daily at 6:30am and 6:00pm however the temple is closed at all other times of the day.

      The Murugan Temple is open for pooja daily at 5:00am, 1:30pm and 9:00pm. At all other times of the day it will be closed.

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  5. Hi,
    Is it like only in the time mentioned here we can visit the gods or like anytime we can see them(except the darshan time)/?

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  6. Hi can you help me...how can I come from cadiff to skandavale....I am very confuse...I don't know how to reach there....please help me asap....

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