Located in the southern precincts of the Katcheri Road in Mylapore, the Kapaleeswarar Temple is a Hindu temple of high religious significance. This holy relic and monument dates back to the year 1250 and is presided by the popular Hindu deity—Lord Shiva. Pilgrims from all across India come to Kapaleeswarar Temple to offer their reverence to Shiva and his powerful consort Karpagambal.
The architectural bounties of this temple surpass all levels of beauty and remind visitors of the ancient Dravidian style. Bounded by typical side entrances, courts, gopurams and a tank erected around the central shrine, the sprawling complex of Kapaleeswarar Temple is certainly worth a visit. Covered with carvings of goddesses, stucco gods and saints, its 37 m tall gopurams (pillars) are worth a look too. Here, you get to savor the delights of exquisite bronze statues of 63 Shaivite saints—which adorn the courtyard of the temple. This important place of worship is also popular for its Punnai tree, which is one of the oldest in Chennai.
This tree also boasts of a small shrine that is connected to a local legend that led to the city of Mylapore getting its name. In close vicinity of this tree is a dry tank that was once full of water and was the center of attraction of every Theppam or float festival –when lighted lamps were set afloat in the tank every January. These places of interest are visited by thousands of tourists around the year—be there!.
|Timings||All days of the week 5.00 a.m. – 11.00 p.m. and 4.00 p.m. - 9.30 p.m|