Kapaleeshwarar Temple

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Kapaleeshwarar Temple information

Chennai (Madras) , India
Ponnambala Vathiar St
Opening hours
5am-noon & 4-9.30pm
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The Mylapore neighbourhood is one of Chennai's most characterful and traditional; it predated colonial Madras by several centuries. Kapaleeshwarar Temple is Chennai's most active and impressive temple. It displays the main architectural elements of many a Tamil Nadu temple – a rainbow-coloured gopuram (gateway tower), pillared mandapas (pavilions) inside and out, and a huge tank – and it's dedicated to the state's most popular deity, Shiva. Legend tells that in a fit of pique Shiva once turned his consort Parvati into a peacock, and instructed her to worship him here in order to regain her normal form. Parvati supposedly did as instructed at a spot just outside the northeast corner of the temple's central block, where a shrine commemorates the event.