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Skanda Vale day pilgrimage

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Book a day pilgrimage to Skanda Vale Ashram. A number of restrictions are in place – please read them carefully for your own safety.

About this event

We are now accepting pre-bookings for weekend pilgrimages.

Prebooking is essential

We are now able to offer 50 passes for each program to pilgrims, with a maximum of 6 people per group. Passes must be pre-booked online, with no exceptions. Anybody who arrives at Skanda Vale without a valid pass for each individual member of their group will be sent home.

Morning program:

  • 08:30 to 09:00 – Arrive at Skanda Vale and check in at reception.
  • 09:30 – Attend puja in the Sri Ranganatha Temple, observing social distancing and wearing masks.
  • 10:30 to 13:00 – Gift shop opens.
  • 13:00 – Return home, unless you have prebooked a separate ticket for the lunchtime and / or evening program.

Lunchtime program:

  • 12:30 to 13:00 – Arrive at Skanda Vale.
  • 13:00 to 13:20 – Check in at reception.
  • 13:30 – Go to the Lord Murugan Temple marquee where you will watch the puja on a screen in a marquee outside the Temple. (On Sundays this is a mahabishekam, ending at 14:45).
  • 13:45 – Escorted small groups are taken inside the Lord Murugan Temple for darshan. (Devotees have to be vegetarian for 3 days to enter the Temple).
  • 14:00 – Prasadam is served in the Yaga Sala.
  • 16:00 – Darshan in the Sri Ranganatha Temple.
  • 15:00 to 16:30 – Gift shop opens.
  • 15:00 to 19:30  – Devotees may stay for evening Shakti Puja if they wish.

Evening program:

  • 16.30 – Arrival of evening group.
  • 17:00 – Check in at reception.
  • 17:15 – Devotees are escorted to the Maha Shakti Temple.
  • 17:40 – A strictly limited number of seats are available in a minibus, reserved for elderly and disabled pilgrims only. Face masks must be worn and passengers must maintain social distancing.
  • 18:00 – Pilgrims watch the Maha Shakti puja on a screen in the marquee.
  • 18:40 – Escorted small groups are taken inside the Maha Shakti Temple for darshan.
  • 19:00 – All devotees return home. (On Saturday evenings only, cooked mahaprasadam will be available to take home)

What to expect on arrival

  • For everyone’s safety, please follow the steward’s instructions at all times during your visit.
  • Each individual member of your group must present a valid ticket. Any individual without a valid ticket will be sent home.
  • Maintain a two-metre distance between you and other groups at all times (members of the same group can be together).
  • If you interact with pilgrims outside your household, please keep a two-metre distance and wear a face mask.
  • Following government guidance, please do not sing.
  • Please take extra care to socially distance in the bathrooms – carefully following the instructions on site.
  • Please stay within the barrier system and do not visit other parts of the ashram.
  • Please keep a two-metre distance when speaking to resident community members.
  • We are not able to offer overnight accommodation at Skanda Vale. Please check availability at our partner charity, Skanda Vale Hospice's new guesthouse Skanda Hafan.
  • You must wear a face mask in all indoor spaces at Skanda Vale. We do not provide face masks. Any pilgrim arriving without a face mask will be sent home.

COVID19 checklist

You will be asked to complete this checklist every time you visit the temple. If you answer YES to any of the questions then please stay at home.

  • Do you have/have you had a fever greater than 37.8 degrees Celcius?
  • Do you have/have you had any of the following new symptoms: high temperature, cough, loss of smell or taste?
  • Have you tested positive for COVID19?
  • Has anyone in your household or your contacts had (or does anyone currently have) high temperature, cough, loss of smell or taste?
  • Has anyone in your household or your contacts been tested positive for COVID19?

Final points

  • If you are in a high-risk category or have underlying health conditions we would strongly recommend that you do not visit.
  • If you have arrived from a country that is under the UK government's travel restriction and require a quarantine period, please follow their regulations before you make your pilgrimage to Skanda Vale.
  • Whilst every reasonable precaution has been taken to minimize the risk of spreading COVID19, a residual risk remains. Anybody travelling to Skanda Vale accepts that risk willingly.
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Skanda Vale is a place where people from different religions can live, work and worship together in harmony. Each year, over 90,000 pilgrims come from all over the world to worship in our three multi-faith temples, and at the samadhi of our Guru. Skanda Vale is set in over 300 acres of beautiful woodland and pasture, in a secluded valley in South West Wales, UK. It's a highly energised place that helps people find peace of mind and recharge themselves physically, emotionally and spiritually.

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