THE DIVINE SEAT OF THE CREATOR SUPREME
Mylai Sri Kapaleeshwarar Kovil (Temple) is dedicated to the Hindu God Lord Shiva (Kapaleeshwara). It is an important place in the tourist map of Chennai (Tamil Nadu). In this temple, Lord Shiva's known as Kapaleeshwarar and his consort Parvati Devi is known as Karpagambal / Karpagavalli. It is one among the ancient and Sapta Sthaana Shiva Temple in Mylapore. There's a saying that both Kailash and Mylapore are same. This temple has been built in the Dravidian style of architecture and it has two entrances (Gopurams) on east and west.
Due to a curse Goddess Parvati becomes peacock and did penance in Mylapore to get back to her original form. She worshipped the Lingam (Lord Punnaivana Naathar) under the Punnai tree (Sthala Vriksham of Kapaleeshwarar temple).
PAADAL PETRA STHALAM
The Saivite Saints (Nayanmars) Thiru Jnana Sambandar and Tirunavukkarasar (Appar) have sung about this Shrine in their hymns.
'Karpagavalli nin porpadhangal pidithen' is a famous Tamil devotional song in praise of Goddess Karpagambal was sung by the popular playback singer T.M. Soundararajan and composed Yazhpaanam N.Veeramani Iyer.
PANGUNI FESTIVAL / THIRUVIZHA
The 63 (Arubathi Moovar) Thiruvizha / Brahmotsavam is the most important annual festival in Mylapore falls in the Tamil month of Panguni (March-April). It is a ten day festival named after the 63 Nayanmars (63 Nayanars / Saivite Saints) who have attained salvation by their devotion to Supreme God Lord Shiva. During the car festival, Lord Sri Kapaleeshwarar is depicted holding a bow while seated on a throne, with his consort Sri Karpagambal and all 63 Nayanmar idols follow the Kapaleeshwarar idol on this procession. It is a grand occasion turns the entire atmosphere of Mylapore in to a festive one.
A REFLECTION OF TRADITION
The ceremonies in Kapaleeshwarar Temple are conducted in accordance with Agamic practices (Rituals and Liturgy) by competent Shivacharyas (Priests). Though in the midst of a modern city, this ancient temple represents truly the culture and traditions of Tamilnadu.
Travel & Food
Kapaleeshwar Temple is located approximately 8 kms. from Chennai Central Railway Station and 18 kms. from Chennai International Airport. There are many best vegetarian restaurants around the temple complex. Some of the noticeable restaurants are Sangeetha Veg Restaurant, Geethanjali Vegetarian Restaurant, Gomathi Mess, Mylai Karpagambal Mess, Vasanta Bhavan, Rayar Mess, The Grand Sweets And Snacks, Hotel Saravana Bhavan, Isha Life Mahamudra Restaurant etc.