Kapaleeshwarar Temple, Chennai
About Kapaleeshwarar Temple
This ancient temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and the myth is Lord Rama paid his respects to the temple here before waging the war against Ravana. Initially it was built on sea shore during the 7th century by the Pallavas and then allegedly destroyed by the Portuguese in the 16th century to construct the Santhome Church. Several years later it was rebuilt by the Vijayanagara Kings at its current location.
This temple of typical Dravidian style architecture has a magnificent 120 feet ‘gopuram’ along with the bronze carvings of the 63-Shaivate saints. A ten day fair called as 'Aruvathumoovar' festival is held in the months of March-April. On the eighth day, a procession of these 63 Shaivate saints is carried out.
5:30 AM - 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Mylapore, Chennai, Tamil Nadu.