Seek blessing at Arulmigu Kapaleeshwarar TemplePosted on August 09, 2016 by Saibala Grand

Does history interest you? Want to know more about ancient temples, the Pallavas, Cholas and Vijayanagar kings? Then you’re in for a treat. Here is some info about a few popular and historical temples in Chennai.

The Kapaleeshwarar Temple located at Mylapore, Chennai is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi. The temple was originally built during the 7th century by the Pallavas (currently where Santhome church is located) but was later destroyed by the Portuguese. The present temple was built less than a kilometre away from the original location by the Vijayanagar Kings during the 16th century.

This is one of the few temples that has been marked in the Vedas. Lord Rama visited this shrine and worshipped Lord Shiva which helped him win the battle against Ravana for Goddess Sita. Sukracharya, an ancestor of Lord Krishna lost his vision but regained it shortly after visiting this shrine.

The Gopuram is 120 feet tall and was built in Dravidian style. You can find a peacock and a peahen caged in this temple, it is to signify that Karpagambal (Goddess Parvathi) took the form of a peacock to beseech Lord Kapaleeshwarar. The temple also houses a huge kalyani (water pond) towards the west end of the temple.

Stay at Saibala Grand as you explore the ancient temples of chennai. The luxurious rooms, global cuisine and hospitable staff are sure to make your stay a memorable one.

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