Kapaleeshwarar Temple

About Kapaleeshwarar Temple
Vital Information for Visitors

Sri Kapaleeshwarar Temple, Mylapore , Chennai, Tamil

Open & Close:

Open on all days except FRIDAY: 05:00 AM to 12:30 PM

04:00 PM to 09:30 PM

Entry Fees:



Approx 1 Hour


Ushathkalam - 6:00 a.m.

Kalasanthi - 9:00 a.m.

Uchikalam - 1:00 p.m.

Sayarakshai - 5:00 p.m.

Irandamkalam - 7:00 p.m.

Ardha Jamam - 9:00 p.m.


Pallava Dravidian architecture, Entry to foreigners allowed, except sanctum

Kapaleeshwarar Temple is an ancient temple at Mylapore. It is dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva. A beautiful sculpture informs us how Goddess Parvati, assuming the form of a peacock, worshipped Shiva here. Hence, the name Mylapore—Mayil in Tamil means peacock. The temple has a fine ‘gopuram’ and the architecture is a typical example of the Dravidian style. The temple's sprawling precincts and its holy tank contribute to its serene atmosphere. Non-Hindus are allowed inside, except into the sanctum sanctorum. Swayambhu Lingam is the form of Lord Shiva that is worshipped here. The biggest temple in Chennai, the Kapaleeshwarar temple was built during Pallava dynasty rule in 7th century. The historians indicate that original Kapaleeshwarar temple was at the sea shore where the Portuguese built Santhome Church, after demolishing the original temple. Later, in 16th century, the Vijayanagar emperors built the present temple. A 10 days festival, called Panguni Peruvizha, is celebrated during March-April every year in Kapaleeshwarar temple and draws a large crowd.

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