Kapaleeshwarar Temple - Part II (Chennai - Tamil Nadu)

Continued from previous post Kapaleeshwarar Koil – Mylapore (Part I)


People in 'n' around the temple:


There are several, several specialities when it comes to Kapaleeshwarar Koil and Mylapore itself. And there are some specialities to some shrines in this temple.

The most beautiful miracle of Mylapore related in the Periapuranam by Sekkizhar is that of bringing back to life of the girl, Poopavai by the boy saint Gnansambandar. The girl died by the bite of a serpant. The bones and ashes were brought back to life by the hymns of gnansambandar, starting “Mattina Punnayinganal….!!”. This is believed to have happened during the 7th A.D. A separate shrine has been built for Angam Poopavai. In 1921, near the Santhome Cathedral some inscriptions related to the incident were found.

Vaayilar nayanar is one of the 63 saivaite saints. He was born and brought up in Mylapore. He had Lord – Siva in the temple of his heart. His mouth was shut and didn’t sing any hymns on lord. At the same time, a Pallava king, called Pujabalan built the Ranchi Kailasanatha temple. He set a date to inaugurate the temple. Lord Shiva came in his dream and said he would be able to come on that day as he had to inaugurate the temple of heart built by the Nayanar. The king was touched by the greatness of the saint and went to meet him. Since this saint belonged to Mylapore and because of his greatness, a separate Sanctum Sanctorum is set for him.

Ayyadigal Kaadavar Kon is also one of the 63 saivaite saints, who was a king who eventually lost all interest in worldly life and became a saint. He was born in Mylapore.

The Tamizh saint Thiruvalluvar was also born and lived in this very Mylapore.



Mid-May to mid-June occurs the festival of Laksha Deepa vizha or the festival of one lakh lamps. The Navarathri is special for Karpagambal. It is a nine day festival from mid – September to mid – October.

Mid-Dec to Mid-Jan, everyday is special as it is the auspicious Tamil month of Margazhi. And it is when the Kolam Festival happens about which I had posted already.

During mid-March to mid-April occurs the Brahmotsavam, a ten day mega event. Rishaba Vahana night is on the fifth day. Kapaleeshwara is on a silver Rishaba and Karpagambigai is on a Gold Rishaba. Karthikeya is on a gold peacock. 7th Day is the Rath Yatra. The Gold Rath is a master piece. A payment of Rs.100/- is required to pull the Rath during this day.   8th Day is the famous Arupathu moovar festival i.e. the day of 63 saints’ saivaite special bathing (abhishekam) of the bronze idols of 63 saints take place. The bringing back to life to poompavai is enacted. The last day is the Bikshatana festival (Idol of lord with a skull bowl in lord, as an ascetic). The whole megaevent is a feast to eyes and inner soul.



Within Chennai

From Tambaram: 23 km via Pallavaram – Guindy – Nandanam – Mandaiveli

Road ways: Bus 21 G from West Tbm, H 51 from East Tbm

Railways: MRTS Thirumailai station via Chennai Fort


From Chennai Central: 7 km via Anna Salai – Royapettah

Roadways: Bus H 51

Railways: MRTS Thirumailai station from Park Station


From Thiruvanmiyur: 7 km via Madaiveli – Adyar – Indra Nagar

Roadways: Bus M 15, H 51

Railways: MRTS Thirumailai station


Dedicated to Mr.R.S.Jayadeep (my mentor for this project).


An ardent traveler by passion. I am a wanderlust.. Read more about me here.


  1. Interesting post da :) namma Mylapore pathi I got so many info :)

    and amazing sketches :)

    Love ya :)

  2. Great pictures and information.

  3. Bhusha
    Your sketches are marvelous.Simply loved them.You have great talent here. Do you still continue to sketch?

  4. I love your drawings. That must have been a great time you spent there.

  5. This must have been a fantastic experience! And your drawings are lovely!

  6. @Sowmi,
    Thanks dear... That's so sweet of u... :) Love u too...

    Thanks dear... Thanks a lot... :)

    @Ram Sir,
    Thanks a lot Sir.
    I do draw still, but not these types of high speed sketches. Guess I've gotta re-start on that... I'm missing that great feeling when I did these sketches... :)

    Thank you Winifred. It's indeed a beautiful memory filled with nostaligia now.. :)

    Thank you JM. Yes, it was a great experience :) and I miss it now... :(

  7. Hi Mitr Friend!
    Lovely post; learned a lot here!!
    Thanks for your comments at Blogtrotter, still turning around Iceland, now in Waterland... Enjoy and have a fabulous week!

  8. @Phivos,
    Thanks a lot... :)

    Welcome to my blog and Thanks a lot for your comments.... Glad u liked it..
    Enjoy your summer in Iceland... Have a great time...
    And do drop in often to my blog, would love to have your visits and comments...

  9. Part II is fab as well! The continuity is good. Looking forward to going back and reading all your previous blogs! All the best!

  10. The sketches of the activities in and around the temple are very beautiful.

  11. Are you kidding me...this is a very good blog... I like the research you put into this...very informative and entertaining... Love the history part and will be back
    Your Friend from Canada

  12. Hi Capt,
    Thank you... Pls do read my older posts and pls do comment too... Expecting your visits and comments often... Do drop in often...

    Hi Rajesh,
    Thanks a lot. Glad you liked it... Hope I'm doing justice to the award you gave...!!! :)

    Hey Baron,
    So happy to know you liked my blog and also following it... Thanks a lot. Do drop in often.. Would love your visits and comments...

  13. Got something for you on my blog check it out and Congratulations....
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  14. Oh Baron,
    That's so kind of you. Would pass it on as soon as I list out my 15 blogs.. :)
    Thanks a lot...

  15. The sketches are great! They captured the scenes well.

  16. Hey Mojo,
    Thanks for your appreciation. Glad u liked it.. :)

  17. Well u can miss anything but no the beggars they are omnipresent in all temple and sadhu leaning on the wall is what i think is the one which stands out.

    Once again bang bang bang a big thumbs up for this one too

  18. @Venky,
    That sadhu is more of a sadhu or thuravi types. Not as such a begger.
    Thanks for ur compliment on my skectches... :)
    Glad u liked 'em... :)

  19. thank you for taking me back to your field study classes.
    it was more interesting when you did the presentation in front of us. your nonstop stories, field experience etc.
    i still remember your group member, i forgot his name, he was excited to see the act of one (Brahmin) begger to other non-brahmin begger.
    i can show this blog to my students for F S references. thank you dear.

  20. Sirrrr, I am soooooo excited to see your comments in my blog... I am really very happy..
    First of all, Welcome to my blog...
    Glad you liked this and so nice of u to still remember our presentation inspite attending of 4 batches after us. And his name is Amrit.
    And am all the more excited to know you might show this as a reference to your students now too...
    Love you sir... Thank You Soooooo much...

  21. nice work ...Im Karthigainathan.Im artist,working as animator,chennai.completed BFA.my fulltime work is drawings& paintings.

  22. @Karthi,
    Thanks for dropping in. Great to know you...

  23. Your blogs are fantastic. The sketches in this post are beautiful.

    Can you tell references for Kaadavarkon ( a Pallava King of Kanchi) being born at Mylapore?

  24. Very good info. Most people still dont know the amazing things about Kapaleeshwarar Temple. Keep posting. Cheers :)


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