Sri Sankara Matam, West Mambalam, Chennai
West Mambalam is one of the oldest localities in Chennai and is situated in the middle of the city. Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam's branch is located in Easwaran Koil Street. The Sankara Matam acts as a hub of spiritual and dharmic activities.
A few years back, with the Blessings of Their Holinesses Jagadguru Pujyasri Jayendra Saraswati Shankaracharya Swamiji and Pujyasri Sankara Vijayendra Saraswathi Shankaracharya Swamiji, the deity of Devi Kamakshi was installed in Srimatam. Regular pujas are offered to Devi Kamakshi. During auspicious occasions like Navaratri, special pujas are performed.
A monthly Vidwat sadas (a seminar of scholars involving in discussions/presenting papers on the purport of different Saastraas in chaste Sanskrit language) is conducted by the Kamakshi Mandali at the Matam. Special Vidwat Sadas is conducted during Sankara Jayanthi celebrations every year. (Click here for more details on the Sadas). A go-shala in the backyard of the Sankara Matam provides shelter to cows. A Telugu Mahasabha functions from the Matam. Jataka Parivartana is also done. Musical concerts, bhajans, pravachans and several such programmes are conducted regularly with active participation of devotees.
Young brahmacharis performing daily Samitadan samskar