Kapaleeshwarar TempleBack

Built in the seventh century and dedicated to Lord Shiva the Arulmigu Kapaleeshwarar Temple is a major sacred site for the Hindus, a beautiful place to visit in Chennai. Situated in the suburb of Chennai at a place called Mylapoore 10 kilometres away from the heart of Chennai city, it is one of the oldest temples in Tamil Nadu. 


According to the historians the temple was built by the Pallavas, but it has Dravidian style of architecture with giant gopuram (tower), which has a height of 37 meters.  The temple wall has encryption that dates back to 1250 AD, the original temple was destroyed by the Portuguese and later rebuilt by Vijay Nagar Kings in 16th century.   The temple tank vibrant colours, brilliant architecture and diverse statues make it a unique place to visit in Chennai.


Major festivals related with this temple includes Brahmotsavam or ‘Arupathumoovar’ Festival, Theppa Thiruvizha Float Festival, Navaratri Festival, and Vasanta Utsavam.


Opening hours

 05:00 AM to 09:00PM

Closed on Monday



  • Air
  • Road
  • Rail

How to Reach: Air

Chennai International Airport 17.7 km.

How to Reach: Road

Chennai Central Bus Stand 8 km.

How to Reach: Rail

Chennai Central Railway Station 8km

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