Sri Ramakrishna Math
The tranquil, flowery grounds of the Ramakrishna Math are a world away from the chaos outside. Orange-robed monks glide around and...
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
Behind San Thome Cathedral is the entrance to the tomb of St Thomas the Apostle. It's believed 'Doubting Thomas' brought Christianity to...
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
This cultural and educational institute is a major classical music and dance venue.
You take what you're given from the chap in the 'window shop', a fast and furious hole-in-the-wall famous for its hot crispy bajjis ...
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. The Kapaleeshwarar Temple is Chennai's most active and impressive temple, believed to have been built after the Portuguese destroyed the seaside original in 1566. It displays the main architectural elements of many a Tamil Nadu temple – a rainbow-coloured gopuram (gateway tower), pillared mandapas (pavilions), and a huge tank – and is dedicated to the state's most popular deity, Shiva.
Legend tells that in an angry fit Shiva turned his consort Parvati into a peacock, and commanded her to worship him here to regain her normal form. Parvati supposedly did so at a spot just outside the northeast corner of the temple's central block, where a shrine commemorates the event. Hence the name Mylapore, or 'town of peacocks'.
The temple's colourful Brahmotsavam festival (in March/April) sees the deities paraded around Mylapore's streets.