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Main Deity : Karpagambal Kapaleeswarar

Other Deities:Narthana Vinayakar, Singara Velan, Valli Deivayanai, Saneeshwarar, Navagraham, Annamalaiyar, Unnamulai, Jagadeeswarar, Arupathu Moovar, Dakshinamurthy

Shiva has been worshipped here by Parvathi, Brahma and Murugan Karpagambal is the main deity - Goddess who grants all the boons - the name is derived from 'Karpaga Vriksha' - a wish giving tree from Deva Loka It is stated that when Lord Shiva was teaching Panchakshara, Parvati Devi got distracted by the Peacock ( Mayil in Tamil). So shiva cursed her to be born as peacock in the earth. Having come to the earth she prayed to Shiva under the 'Punnai' tree here. The place where she did tapas in the form of peacock is now known as Mayil-a-pur. Kapaleeswarar - God of kapala - To teach lesson to Brahma, Shiva took away one of Brahma's head . Kapal means Head, skull in Sanskrit. Hence the name. Brahma, Rama, Sukrachariyar have said to worshipped Shiva here.

Sub History

Mayilaye Kayilai - means praying in mylapore is equal to praying in Kayilasa. Sukra Puri- Sukrachariyar prayed here to regain his eyesight, Veda puri - Four vedas worshipped Shiva here are other names for the temple The Shiva in the form of Kapaleeswarar is facing west. Worshipping Shiva in this direction is said to be very powerful.

Gallery - Photos

Pooja Details

Special Pooja
Pooja Name Day Start Time
Ushathkalam daily 06:00 AM
Kalasanthi daily 09:00 AM
Uchikalam daily 01:00 PM
Sayarakshai daily 05:00 PM
Irandamkalam daily 07:00 PM
Arthajamam daily 09:00 PM
Rahu Kalam daily 11:30 AM
Rahu Kalam daily 05:30 PM
Festival Details
Festival Name Start Date End Date
10/10/2000 10/10/2000

Location / Contacts

Mylapore, Vadaku Mada Veethi., Chennai,Tamil Nadu,600004
+91 44 24641670 , +91 44 24611356
Morning: 05:00 AM - 12:00 PM ,
Evening: 04:30 PM - 08:30 PM


  • Accommodation
  • Parking yes
  • Medical
  • Feed
  • Rest Room yes
  • cloak Room yes
  • Function Hall yes
  • Kodi Kambam

Nearby By Station

  • Railway Station: Chennai - Tambaram 23.8 km Chennai Central - M G R Station 6.4 km Chennai Central - Egmore 6.5 km
  • Bus stop:
    Mylapore to Tambaram East - SM15ET

    Mylapore to T.Nagar - S05B

    Mylapore to Taramani - 05K

    High Court to Mandaveli - 03A
  • Airport: Chennai Meenambakkam Airport 12.9 km

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