About Temple:One of the sacred shrines in Tamil Nadu is Arulmigu Kapaleeswarar Temple in Mylapore, in Chennai City.It is a Siva Temple, and the name of the Lord is ARULMIGU KAPALEESWARAR. The name of the Goddess is ARULMIGU KARPAGAMBAL.It is a loverly temple with a Stately Spire or ‘Gopuram’ as it is called. There is a big tank on its West. The temple and the tank are surrounded by Broad streets on the four sides. The view of the temple and the tank is picturesque.Mylapore is on the sea coast and the shore is away by half a mile of thickly populated residential area.
There is a story behind how the place got the name Mylapore and the same story is the root of this magnificent pilgrim center. According to the legend, Goddess Karpagambal [Uma] wished to know the meaning of the five lettered divine mantra “Na Ma Shi Va Ya”.
She pleaded to Lord Shiva to teach her the true meaning of the mantra along with the significance of sacred ash. He agreed and once while he was teaching the same to Uma Devi, her eyes fall upon a beautiful peahen dancing and lost her concentration. Lord Shiva displeased by her, cursed her to become a peahen.
In order to free herself from the curse she was asked to go to Earth and do penance on him. Therefore Goddess Karpagambal worshipped the Shivalinga under the Punnai tree here where the temple stands. Pleased by her devotion, Lord Shiva freed the Goddess from the curse and she regained her original form.
This is how the place came to be known as Mylapore [Mail - Peahen] where Goddess Karpagambal in her peahen form worshipped the Shivalinga and freed herself from the curse.
There are many tales that proves the significance of this Kapaleeswarar Temple. Lord Muruga, son of Lord Shiva visited this temple and worshipped him and his mother Goddess Uma [Karpagambal] before heading to a war with an Asura [demon] named Surapadman. He received the Shaktivel here at this temple, a divine powerful weapon his mother gave to fight the Asura.
Now there is another fascinating legend of why Lord Shiva is known as Kapaleeshwarar. Once Lord Brahma, the creator as per Hindu mythology, considered him greater than Lord Shiva as he too had five heads and then Lord Shiva inorder to teach Brahmma a lesson of humility, nipped one of the five heads of Brahma and held his skull in his hand, earning himself the name Kapaleeswarar for Kapalam in Sanskrit means Skull.
Now moving on the architecture of the temple, it is another great piece of Dravidian art, but it is not the original structure of the temple which is long gone or washed ashore. Even the great historians are not able to date the construction of the original temple building.
The temple authorities claim that the original temple was destroyed by the Portuguese. The current structure is more than 300 years old. There are two entrances to the temple, one on the east and other on the west side of the temple with colourful Gopurams [temple tower] which enhance the beauty of the whole temple.
The east Gopuram is 40m in height and is higher than the western Gopuram. There is a huge water tank in front of the western entrance which is another major landmark of the temple.
The Shiva Lingam worshipped here is a Swayambhu Lingam, which means it is a self-manifested lingam. It is one among the 64 Swayambhu Lingams in the world.
Other than the main deities Kapaleeswarar and Karpagambal, there are various other shrines of Natana Vinayakar, Palani Andavar, Vaayilar Nayanar, Singara Velar, Dakshinamurthy, Somaskandar and Durgai.
There is another small shrine outside, at the courtyard of the temple and under the old Punnai tree depicting Goddess Uma in the form of a peahen worshipping Lord Shiva, which remind us the legend of how this place got its name “Mylapore”.
10 day Panguni Peruvizha in March-April including celebrations for 63 Saivite saints drawing a huge crowd of devotees.
The devotee crowd in the temple is usually huge on New Moon and Full Moon days and Pradosha days. Some Shiva related festivals are observed in the temple each month.
On arrival Chennai at Morning.
Hotel Check in.
Then proceed to visit Santhome Cathedral.
National Art Gallery.
St. Mary’s Church
Anna Zoological Park
Birla Planetarium and People’s Park.
Come back to Hotel.
Overnight stay at Hotel.
After Breakfast at Hotel.
Mahabalipuram that includes visits to Mahishasurmardini Caves, Shore Temple, Krishna Mandapam and Arjun’s Penance.
Later, proceed towards Panch Rathas, a cluster of monolithic temples; Crocodile Farm.
Come back to Hotel.
Overnight stay at Hotel.
After Refreshment and Breakfast at Hotel.
Check out from Hotel.
Then proceed to visit Arulmigu Kapaleeswarar Temple, Mylapore.
Then Starting Our Journey Towards Theni/Dindigul.
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