Sahasralingam, Skandhashramam, Chennai, Tamilnadu
http://www.skandasramam.org

Skandhashramam is situated at Selaiyur, near Thambaram, Chennai. The unique feature in this temple is the Sahasra lingam - a huge stone lingam weighing 20 tons, 9 1/2 feet in height which has 1007 lingams carved within and a Nandhi 5 ft long and 4 ft high. The temple was built by Shanthananda Swamigal who has also established the Judge Swamigal Adhishtanam at Pudukkottai, Om Sri Skandasramam at Salem and Dattagiri at Sendamangalam.
Other deities in the temple are Panchamukha Heramba Ganapathy, Kamala Siddhi Vinayakar, Bhuvaneshwari Amman, Panchamukha Aanjaneyar, Veera Sarabeswarar, Saniswarar, Swaminathaswamy (Skanda), Dattatreyar, Prathyankara Devi, Sri Chakra Maha Meru, Ayyapan, Ashtadasabhuja Durga Parameswari, Sudarshana Chakrathazhwar, Lakshmi Narasimhar.
Sri Panchamukha Heramba Ganapathi idol on a lion vaahanam (vehicle) in the temple is 12 feet high. Ganesha has five elephant heads, four faces facing the four directions & the 5th face facing the sky - upward. In his ten arms he holds the noose, goad, rudraksha garland, pownder, battle axe and cord. Bala Ganapathy and Lakshmi Ganapathy sannadhis are situated nearby.
Gopuram style - Orissa style of architecture

Sri Kamala Siddhi Vinayagar stone idol around 6 1/2 feet is seen seated on a lotus with a flower, mango, sugarcane and parasu in his four arms and the kalasam in his trunk. This sannadhi is to the right of Goddess Bhuvaneswari and around this sannadhi are installed Yoga Ganapathy and Uchchista Ganapathy.
Gopuram style - Tamilnadu type of architecture

Goddess Bhuvaneshwari idol is of 6 ft stone. With two arms in abhaya and varada postures, she holds the noose and angusam in the upper arms. The idols of other Dasamahavidya deities Kali, Tara, Shodasi, Tripurabhairavi, Cinnamastha, Dhumavati, Bagalamuki, Rajamathangi, Kamalathmika are installed around the sannadhi.
Gopuram style - Tamilnadu type of architecture

Sri Shantanada Swamigal idol is 4 ½ ft in marble, on the left of Goddess Bhuvaneswari.
Gopuram style - Tamilnadu type of architecture.

Sri Panchamukha Anjaneya stone idol is 14 ft high and is located at the vaayu moolai (north west corner) opposite Lord Saniswara. His five faces are the embodiment of Lord Anjaneya in the east, Lord Narasimha in the South, Garuda in the west, Varahaa in the North and Lord Hayagriva at the top. Bhakta Hanuman and Veera Hanuman idols are installed around this sannadhi.
Gopuram style - Orissa type of architecture

Veera Sarabeswarar is a 12 ft idol. Sarabeshwara is half bird half animal - with a lion face & wings. He was sent by Lord Siva to control the wrath of Lord Narasimha after he had killed Hiranyakashipu. The two wings bear Goddess Prathiyankara and Goddess Soolini. In his arms he hold a deer, battle axe, snake and fire and Bhairava and Agni in his abdomen. Ashta Bhairavars - Achithanga, Ruru, Chanda, Krodana, Kabala, Unmatha, Bheeshana, Samkara, svarnakarshana are installed around the Sannadhi.
Gopuram style - Tamilnadu type of architecture.

Lord Saniswarar is a stone idol, 14 ft in height and is placed in the easanya moolai (north east corner), opposite Lord Panchamukha Hanuman. 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.
Gopuram style - Orissa type of architecture.

Lord Swaminatha Swamy facing the Bhuvaneshwari sannadhi is 12 ft. Around this sannadhi are installed the different forms of Lord Muruga in the Arupadai veedu – Swamimalai, Tirutani, Tiruparankundram, Palani, Pazhamudircholai, Tiruchendur apart from Murugan of Kadirkamam, Balamurugam and Lord Subramanya swami.
Gopuram style - Tamilnadu type of architecture.

Lord Dattatreya, is a 15 ft stone idol installed in the agni moolai (south east corner) opposite Panchamukha Heramba Ganapathy. He is the son of sage Athri and Anusuya and is the embodiment of the Trinity – Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. He has 3 heads and 6 hands in which he holds a trident, rosary, lotus, discus, conch and a water-pot. Around this sannadhi Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Siva are installed.
Gopuram style - Orissa type of architecture.

Goddess Ugra Prathiyankara (Atharvana Bhadrakali) is a 12-ft panchaloka icon facing the Sannidhi of Lord Veera Sarabeswara. 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.
Gopuram style - Tamilnadu type of architecture.

Sri Chakra Poorna Maha Meru (personification of Goddess Sakthi) is 5 ½ feet in height and is installed at the centre.
Gopuram style - Tamilnadu type of architecture.

Lord Ayyapa - (Sri Dharma Shastha, Harihara Suthan), son of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu as Mohini is a 7 ft panchaloka idol in a sitting posture. His right hand shows the Gnana Mudra and his Left hand shows the Vara Mudra. The sannadhi is the east facing the Astadasabhuja Durga. To his right is installed the Kanni Moolai Ganapathy.
Gopuram style - the Kerala type of architecture.

Sri Ashtadasabuja Durga Parameswari is a 6 ft idol. Her 18 hands hold different weapons, including the trident of Lord Shiva, the discus of Lord Vishnu, the conch of Varuna, the bow and arrows of Vayu, the Vajra of Indra etc. Her vehicle is the lion. She resides in the Southern part, at the back of Sahasralingam in this temple facing the North side.
Gopuram style - Tamilnadu type of architecture.

Sri Maha Sudarshana Murthy (Chakarathazhwar) with Lakshmi Narasimhar is a panchaloka idol measuring about 18 feet. The speciality of this idol is that it has Sri Sudarshana Murthy on the obverse and Sri Lakshmi Narasimhar (along with his consort Sri Lakshmi) on the reverse. Bhaktha Prahlada is in his right hand side standing and worshipping Sri Lakshmi Narasimhar. It is generally Yoga Narasimhar who is found in the reverse. Sudharshana Chakra is regarded as the primary weapon of Lord Vishnu. Around this sannidhi are installed the images of the Dasavatharas or the 10 avatars of Lord Vishnu.

Route map
near the Mahalakshmi bus stop on the Tambaram Velachery main road.
Buses: 51G, 51H, 51S, 51V, 51PP

Contact
Chennai Om Sri Skandasramam
1, Kambar Street, Mahalakshmi Nagar
Selaiyur, Chennai 600 073
Ph: 91-44-22290134 / 22293388
email: santhanam@skandasramam.com
http://www.skandasramam.org

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