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Kapaleeswarar Temple

Address : Mylapore, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India


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By the ruling Pallavas the kapealeeshwarar Temple was built in the seventh century. The architecture of pallavan is the olden temple in the city. The Kapaleeswarar Temple forms a nucleus for the crowded residential area of mylapore. This was dedicated to lord Shiva. The temple is the architectural style of the Dravidian with its elaborate and intricately carved gopuram, a tank, and mandapam.

As legend has it, Lord Shiva is claimed to have pinched off one of the heads of brahma so as to arrest his pride. As a form of penance, God brahma installed a Shiva lingam in this spot to do penance. This lingam is named as kapaleeshwarar.

In the form of peacock worshipping you can find a small shrine of goddess parvathi her consort lord shiva, the mylapore is said to have acquired its name from the word – ‘myli’ (peacock) and ‘oor’ means town. You will find the images of 63 saivaite saints in the outer courtyard. The temple main entrance faces east with puranic legends Inscribed on it.

The devotees from different places come to participate in the 10-day festivity in honour of the 63 mylapore. This festival at Kapaleeswarar Temple has become popular in the local community. In this festival lot of sweets, savirues, juices and buttermilk are served to the pilgrims.

At Kapaleeswarar Temple, during the car festival, kapaleeshwarar is depicted holding a bow while seated on a throne with his wife karpagambal alongside. The chariot is beautifully decorated with flowers and statues.

The tank of temple is spruce up and filled with water. This festival has now become popular and a much awaited event, with colorful and attractive music, kolams decorating the streets and folk festivals. You can watch the kokkalikattai and koothu dances as well as traditional thoippavai puppet shows. You can taste some authentic cuisine on the streets of mylapore.

Kapaleeswarar Temple Chennai entrance

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Kapaleeswarar temple mylapore photos