Kapaleeswarar Temple

Last updated on December 21st, 2019 at 01:02 pm


Kapaleeshwarar is a sacred temple of Shiva, located in Mylapore. This temple devoted to Lord Shivan and Parvati Devi has named as Arulmigu Kapleeshwar and Goddess Karpagambal. Kapaleeswarar is one of the most famous temples in Chennai. A visit to this temple will be an experience enriched with an indication of Tamil religious culture and the beautiful architecture mixture of the two designs – Dravidian and Vijaynagari, completed with great Gopurams. There is also a devotional tank on the western side.

Legend of Kapaleeswarar Temple

The place in which the temple located has a lot of myths and legends told about it. Among the very popular ideal ones is the penance of Shiva’s partner Goddess Parvati. It is said that due to a curse Parvati Devi turned into a peahen so she came to this place and pray to the Lord for back to normal form.

One more myth is associated with the word history of the temple’s name. The name ‘kapalam’ represents the head and ‘eeswara’ represents the Lord or Lord Shiva in this instance. This name has its origins in the story of Lord Shiva and Brahma, at which the two gods connect at Kailash Mountain. Brahma didn’t show respect for Lord Shiva and in anger, Shiva removed one of his four heads and get back his control to create life. To give pleasure to Lord Shiva, Brahma came to this spot and worshiped him by establishing a Shiva lingam.

The location name Mylapore is coming from the myth that the Goddess Parvati pray to Siva in the kind of a peacock (or mayil in Tamil). The representation of this myth can be seen in stone in a small shrine under a bunnai tree (stala vriksha) in the temple courtyard.

History of Kapaleeswarar Temple

History of Kapaleeswarar Temple

Initially constructed in 7th century CE by the Pallavas, Portuguese explorers demolished the temple and once again reconstructed by the Vijayanagar kings in the 16th century. In the same century, Shaivite saints Nayanars wrote the Saiva canonical stories in Tevaram, in that they mentioned about this temple.


10-day Panguni Peruvizha falls on mid-March to mid-April with celebrations for 63 Saivite saints.

Out of 10 days, the most significant thing is Arupathimoovar, which is happening on the 8th day. On the day is mainly contributed to the 63 Nayanar saints, who devoted their lives in the direction of telling and spreading the stories of Lord Shiva. On this day, Statues of all the 63 saints go behind the chariot of Lord Shiva and Parvati Devi around the tank. If u want to see a huge crowd then visit this temple on this day, most of them waiting to pull it to touch the chariot to receive god’s blessings.

Daily and Special Pooja Timings

There are six daily Puja Services.

  • Kala Santhi (morning)
  • Uchchikala (Mid-day)
  • Sayamkala (Evening)
  • Ardhajama (late Night)

Other special occasions are Pradhosa (13th day of new moon-full moon) Panchaparva. etc.

Timing: 5.00 AM to 9.00 PM

How to Reach Temple

Location: Mylapore

Mode of Transport: Bus, Suburban trains and Cab

Distance: 6.6 KM