Kapaleeshwarar Temple Mylapore Chennai

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Kapaleeshwarar Temple Mylapore

Kapaleeshwarar Temple Mylapore a temple of Shiva located in Chennai was built in Dravidian architecture during 7th century.

According to the Puranas, Shakti worshipped Shiva in the form of a peacock, giving the vernacular name Mylai to the area that developed around the temple – mayil is Tamil for “peacock”.

Shiva is worshiped as Kapaleeswarar, and is represented by the lingam. His consort Parvati is depicted as Karpagambal. The presiding deity is revered in the 7th century Tamil Saiva canonical work, the Tevaram, written by Tamil saint poets known as the nayanars and classified as Paadal Petra Sthalam.

Though temple has many shrines, shrines of Kapaleeshwarar [Shiva] and Karpagambal [Parvati] are most prominent here. The temple conducts six daily rituals at various times from dawn to dusk.

The present masonry structure was built during the Vijayanagar rulers of theTuluva Dynasty (1491–1570 CE).

The most famous festival of this temple is Arubathimoovar festival celebrated in the Tamil month of Pankuni.

The temple administration is run by Hindu Religious and Endowment Board of the Government of Tamil Nadu.

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