Kapaleeshwarar Temple is situated in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva known as Kapaleeshwarar with hsi consort Parvati worshipped at this temple as Karpagambal which literanlly means "Goddess of the Wish-Yielding Tree" in Tamil. Lord Shiva is swayambu murthy or self manifestation here
The temple is in place called Mylapore in Chennia. The word Mylapore is derived from the legend that the Goddess Parvathi worshipped Siva in the form of a peacock (or mayil in Tamil). We can see a representation of this legend on stone in a small Shrine under a Punnai tree (Sthala Vriksha) in the Courtyard of the temple.
Significance of Kapaleeshwarar Temple
The temple's name is derived from the words Kapalam (head) and Eeshwarar an alias of lord Shiva. According to the Puranas, during the meeting of Brahma and Shiva at top of Mount Kailash Brahma failed to show the due respect to Shiva. Due to this, Shiva plucked of one of Brahma's heads (kapalams). In an act of penance, Brahma came down to the site of Mylapore and installed a Lingam to please Shiva
Lord Murugan received the spear (Sakthi Vel) for the destruction of a demon from Goddess Parvati here.
The four Vedas have worshipped here.
Sukracharya worshipped the Lord here and got back his lost eye.
Rama has worshipped here and won the war against Ravana and brought back Sita from Lanka
Kapaleeshwarar Temple Festivals:
- 10 day Panguni Peruvizha in March-April
- Thai Poosam
- Float Festival
Morning 5:30 a.m. to Evening 10 p.m