Arulmigu Kapaleeshwarar Temple or popularly known as ‘Kabali Koil’ is my favorite destination for a soulful evening. Lord Shiva is worshiped as Kapaleeswarar and HIS consort Parvati Devi is worshipped as ‘Karpagambal’ in this beautiful temple.
Built in the Dravidian architecture style around the 7th century CE, Mylai temple is believed to be the place where Shakti (Parvathi) worshiped Shiva in the form of a peacock, thus giving the vernacular name ‘Mylai’ (Mayilāi) to the area that developed around the temple.
Kapaleeshwarar temple resonates the rich Tamil culture. There are many legends associated with this famous temple. The Arubathimoovar festival celebrated during the Tamil month of Panguni as part of the Brahmotsavam is the most prominent festival in the temple. Cultural programs are performed in the temple premises frequently.
There are many shrines in Kapali Koil dedicated to many Gods and Goddesses.Kapaleeshwarar Temple is also known as Vedapuri as the four Vedas are worshiped here. An imposing 37-metre high tower or gopuram with huge high doors is the entrance to the temple.
Bronze carvings of 63 Saivite saints or the Nayanars are alsso seen in the temple premises. The temple is mentioned in the Thevaram hymns of renowned Shaivite saints named Saint Sambandar and Saint Appar. Shiva – Parvati sons Lord Ganesh appears as Narthana Vinayaka or the dancing Vinayaka and of Lord Muruga appears as Singaravelan in Kapaleeshwarar Koil. Inside the Shiva’s Sanctum Sanctorum, there are idols of Singaravelar, Natarajar, Arupethumoovar – 63 saints, Durga Lakshmi, Saraswathi, Veera Badhar, Nalvar, Annamalayar, Dakshinamoorthy, Selva Ganapathy and Somaskandha surrounding HIS Sannadhi.
Those who visit Chennai, should not miss this beautiful temple on the shores of the Bay of Bengal.