Sunday, April 3, 2016

Kapaleeshwar temple Mylapore Chennai

As per the Legends, Once Lord Siva was explaining the significance of Letters in the word "Kailash" to the Goddess Parvati. During that time, a beautiful peacock came by and started dancing, displaying its splendid plumes which grabbed Parvati's attention. She missed a little of what her husband was saying and asked him to repeat it. Angered, Lord Siva cursed Goddess Parvati to become a peacock. Parvati begged forgiveness and Siva directed Her to do penance at Mayilai to regain her divine form.
Parvati as a peacock offered Puja to the Siva Lingam. Impressed Lord gave her Darshan and she regained her divine form. She then requested the Lord that the place where she lived in as a peacock should be known as Mayilai.  

It is said that the original temple was destroyed by the Portuguese in 15th Century. Later, Muthiappa Mudaliar from Mylapore constructed the present form of temple in the 16th Century. Temple was built in the Dravidian style with a pyramidal multi-tiered Gopuram (temple tower). 
Kapaleeshwar temple Mylapore Chennai