Visited on: 19th February, 2016 and 22nd March, 2017
Mylapore is situated in the heart of Chennai at a distance of about 14 kms from Koyambedu. There is a railway station in Mylapore on the Beach to Velachery MRTS train route.
Other Devara Paadal Petra Shiva sthalams near this temple are – Thiruvotriyur, Thirumullaivayil, Thiruverkadu, Thiruvalithayam and Thiruvanmiyur.
|Moolavar||Sri Kapaleeswarar, Punnaivana Nathar|
|Theertham (Holy water)||Kapali Theertham, Kadavul Theertham, Veda Theertham, Vali Theertham, Ganga Theertham, Velli Theertham and Rama Theertham.|
|Sthala Vriksham (Sacred Tree)||Punnai tree|
|Pathigam (Hymn) rendered by||Saint Thirugnanasambanthar|
- This is one of the 276 Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams and 24th Shiva Sthalam in Thondai Nadu.
- Lord Shiva in this temple is a Swayambumurthi (self-manifested).
- This is the most popular of the “Sapthasthana” temples in Chennai.
- This is the birth place of Vayilar Nayanar- one of the 63 Nayanmars.
- This is the birth place of Thiruvalluvar.
- This east facing temple has a 7-tiered main tower (Rajagopuram) and it has 2 corridors. The 3-tiered west facing tower is facing the temple’s sacred tank.
- The last Consecration ceremony (Maha Kumbabishegam) took place on 03.04.2016 and prior to that in the year 2004.
History of the Temple
The historical name of this place is Kapaleecharam.
Mylapore is on the sea coast and the shore is just one kilometre away.
There are three places where Goddess Parvathy took the form of peacock (“Mayil” in Tamil) and worshiped Lord Shiva – they are Mayiladuthurai (Mayuram), Thirumayiladi and Mylapore.
The original temple was located near the sea but was believed to have been submerged in the sea. The current temple was built around 350 years ago.
The temple’s towers are very beautiful. There is a big tank opposite to the temple’s western tower. The view of the temple and the tank is picturesque.