Lord Skanda-Murugan
 

[Wanniyal-aeto visitors stay 'Naturally at the Taj' in the Samudra Cottage Wanni homestead]
Samudra Cottage, Colombo:
"Naturally at the Taj"

Murugan Bhakti Ashrams

Murugan Bhakti is nothing new or unusual in Sri Lanka and South India. In every hamlet one can find devotees of Skanda-Murugan. Wherever Murugan bhaktas assemble, as at Palani or Tiruchendur or Kataragama or even at remote villages along the pada yatra pilgrims' routes, some devotees join hands to create facilities for pilgrims and devotees to rest, strive and celebrate. Most are in remote rural areas, yet others may be found even in the heart of metropolitan areas of Madras and Colombo.
[Param Swami, the resident swami of Kataragama Kæle Kendra from 1993-96]
Kataragama Ashram

Murugan bhaktars typically agree upon a common set of principles as laid down by ancient poets, siddhas and rishis like Arunagirinathar. All over the Indian subcontinent, ashrams operate according to age-old principles of Varnashrama Dharma.

The typical ashram is a wattle-and-daub thatched hut upon a half acre of land occupied by a lone sadhaka engaged in sadhana as taught by his (or her) teacher. If the ashram resident is consulted in advance, often one may stay for a few days in the spartan setting while learning more about Murugan bhakti in practice.

This listing includes well-established ashrams as well as new ashrams yet being developed.

Muruga Bhakti Ashrams in Sri Lanka

  1. Kataragama Kæle Kendra, Kataragama
  2. Okanda-Kudumbigala Heritage Reserve, Ampara dist.
  3. The Samudra Cottage, Colombo Galle Face
  4. Ulpotha Sanctuary, Kurunegala dist
  5. Singharaja Rainforest Bhakti Kendraya
  6. Mandur Kandaswami Yogashram, Mandur
  7. Śrī Lingeswarar Asramam, Navithanveli, Ampara dist
  8. Gauri Amman Yogashram, Vinayagarpuram, Tirukkovil
  9. Siva Thondan Asramam, Kokkadichcholai Map of Tamil Nadu, India

Muruga Bhakti Ashrams in Tamil Nadu

  1. Nattukotta Chetty Chattiram, Tiruttani
  2. Vallimalai Tiruppukazh Asramam, Vellore dist
  3. Om Muruga Asramam, West Mambalam, Chennai
  4. Vaishnavi Devi Ashram, Tirumullaivayal, Chennai
  5. Tiruppugazh Sangamam, Chennai
  6. Śrī Skandasramam, Udayapatti, Salem dist
  7. Śrī Skandasramam, Tambaram, Chennai
  8. Mailam Muruga Asramam, Mailam near Pondicherry
  9. Kaumara Mutt, Coimbatore-6
  10. Annai Pozhil, Avanac, Tiruppur, Coimbatore dist
  11. Śrī Premananda Ashram, Viralimalai, a haven for Muruga bhaktars
  12. Śrī Murugananda Tiruppukazh Manimantiram, Tiruchendur
  13. Śrī Ramji Ashram, Kumarakoil, Kanyakumari dist

For details about Muruga Bhakti ashrams contact Murugan.org Editor Patrick Harrigan: editor@murugan.org

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