Sri Ramakrishna Math
The tranquil, leafy grounds of the Ramakrishna Math are a world away from the chaos and crazy rickshaw drivers outside. Monks glide...
San Thome Cathedral
This soaring Roman Catholic cathedral, a stone's throw from the beach, was founded by the Portuguese in the 16th century, then rebuilt...
Tomb of St Thomas the Apostle
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
This cultural and educational institute is a major classical music and dance venue.
Hotel Saravana Bhavan (Mylapore)
Ponnambala Vathiar St · interesting places nearby
Kapaleeshwarar Temple information
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.