The Kapaleeshwarar Temple is one of the most important famous temples in Tamil Nadu and Chennai. The state of Tamil Nadu in India has plenty of breathtaking temples out of which the Kapaleeswarar Temple is again a renowned religious destination worth visiting. The Kapaleeswarar Temple is located in Mylapore’s Kutchery Road that is in the city of Madras. In general, visiting the temples in India actually serves lot of purposes. It is also popularly know as Mylapore Temple and it boasts of exquisitive architecture and one of the most celebrated shrine of Lord Shiva and goddess Parvati.
According to Hindu legend, Goddess Parvathi did penance at Mylapore, taking the form of a pea-hen, in order to be wedded to Lord Shiva. The name Mylapore is derived from this legend, where “Mayil” in Tamil means a peacock. The famous Kapaleeswarar temple in Mylapore and its beautiful temple tank are associated with this legend.
Mylapore Temple was built in the ninth century and the MRTS railway station in this place is called Thirumylai Railway Station and it connects Mylapore to other MRTS areas of Chennai. Kapaleeshwarar temple is a well known landmark located in in the heart of Mylapore and is visited by several thousands, especially during the famed ‘Arupattu Moovar‘ festival in the month of Pisces. The Teppam or float festival in the large temple tank, and the biweekly Pradosham festival also draw huge crowds. Tirumayilai is the most centrally situated Shivastalam of the three Shiva temples in and around Chennai – Tiruvanmyur, Tirumayilai and Tiruvotriyur. This is the 24th of the 32 Tevara Stalams in the Tondai region of South India.
The current temple is a modern structure, built based on the descriptions in the Puranams and the Tevaram. The temple has other shrines dedicated to Ganesha (a dancing form called Nardana Vinayakar), Muruga (called Singara Velar), with his two consorts Valli and Devayani. Smaller shrines are dedicated to other forms of Shiva (Annamalaiar, Sundareswarar and Jagatheswarar), Muruga (Palani Andavar) and others. In particular, there is a shrine with an image of a peahen, which is where Mylapore derives its name from. Navagraha shrine is also present. There is a separate shrine for Sani Bhagavan and special puja’s will be done on Saturday.
During Friday worship, the statue of the goddess Karpagambal is decorated with a kaasu maala, i.e., a garland made of gold coins. The famous Tamil hymns Karunai Deivame Karpagame and Karpagavalli Nin Porpadhangal Pidithen were written by poets in praise of the goddess Karpagambal. There is also a peacock and a peahen caged inside the temple, to symbolize the tradition that Karpagambal had come in the form of peahen to plead to Kapaleeshwarar.
Darshan Timing : 6.00am to 1.00pm & 4.00pm to 8.00pm
Bus Routes :
From Egmore : M21A
From Central : 21, SA1, LT1, M21C
From Koyambedu : M29K, M12BET