The Kapaleeshwarar temple is of typical Dravidian architectural style, with the gopuram overpowering the street on which the temple sits.
There are two entrances to the temple marked by the gopuram on either side. The east gopuram is about 40 m high, while the smaller western gopuram faces the sacred tank.
South Africa’s Yogin Devan and family traversed the sights and sounds of Chennai here’s a photo of them at Kapaleeshwarar Temple.
The temple’s name is derived from the words kapalam (head) and eeshwarar an alias of lord Shiva.
Legends of the temple
According to the Puranas, during the meeting of Brahma and Shiva at top of Mount Kailash Brahma failed to show the due respect to Shiva. Due to this, Shiva plucked of one of Brahma’s heads (kapalams).
In an act of penance, Brahma came down to the site of Mylapore and installed a Lingam to please Shiva.
Shiva’s son Murugan received the spear (Sakthi Vel) for the destruction of a demon from Parvati here.
Brahma had worshipped here to get rid of his ego and get back his power to create. The four Vedas have worshipped here.
Sukracharya worshipped the Lord here and got back his lost eye. Rama has worshipped here and won the war against Ravana and brought back Sita from Lanka.
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