Kapaleeshwar Temple

Mylapore, Chennai (Madras)


Kapaleeshwarar Temple is the shrine of Lord Shiva located in Chennai city. The temple is believed to be one of the oldest, as well as most sacred places in Chennai.

It dates back to 7th century and features a Dravidian architectural style. However, the architecture it features today more prevailed in 16th century India. The present masonry structure we see today was constructed during the Tuluva Dynasty rule.

The landmark of the temple that attracts many is the giant 37 meters high tower (gopuram). An sculpture honoring holy saint Gnanasambandar stands inside the temple. The temple also houses numerous mausoleums, the most prominent of which are those of Kapaleeswarar and Karpagambal. Holy Punnai tree stands in the courtyard of the temple. It is believed to be the oldest tree of Chennai.

The temple arranges six rituals each day at various times between 5:30 am to 10 pm and four annual festivals. The most famous of these is Arubathimooval festival.

Plan your visit to Kapaleeshwarar Temple Tuesday to Sunday 5:30 am to 12 pm and 5 pm to 9 pm. The entrance is free of charge.

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Open Hours:

  • Mon

    05:00 - 12:00, 16:00 - 21:30

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  • Ashhab Usmani

    - 15 August 2018 -

    1300 old temple dedicated to lord Shiva. chennai must be proud of the fact that such a great edifice is located in your area. Very clean and open temple. The temple is of great architectural beauty. The serene and solemn ambience in the temple will fill the mind with calmness. I visited it in middle of day afternoon. It was very hot but they have created a path with some white paint and that path was cold. I don’t know what it was but I like it. Friendly people around temple.

  • Karthik Balachandrarajan

    - 14 August 2018 -

    Went to this temple on a Friday. The walk was slightly hard as the sun was burning down. The temple is a large collection of small buildings, well maintained and good attention given by the iyers there. The main two buildings are air-conditioned and this eases the experience there, since the crowds can be larger during special days.

  • Arthi S

    - 26 July 2018 -

    This place really gave me goosebumps when I entered.. The temple is so good that I am really looking forward to go again.. It is really old.. And it is really maintained well.. They restrict taking photos inside the temple which is a good move.. They manage the crowd so well.. And the place really gives a good feel when u come out even when u r totally off when u enter

  • akshaya selvam

    - 07 July 2018 -

    Need not to be religious to visit this place. One who enters this temple will get touched deep inside which we term it spirituality. Attracts many tourist around the world everyday. Best place to take photographs.

  • bindiya desai

    - 02 July 2018 -

    Not visiting temple if you are in Chennai? Big loss. It's a very old and most beautiful temple i have ever visited. It's very neat and clean too. First read the history plate near the gate and then enter, keep searching for the old parts in the inner dome, one will be surprised to see indian architect was so mesmerizing. Felt spiritual too.

  • Denis Haifisch

    - 13 June 2018 -

    One of the most interesting places to visit in Chennai for me as a tourist. A big Hinduism Temple, very popular and fairly quite crowded. You are allowed to get inside only without any shoes. You can leave your shoes right at the entrance of the Temple or in the special building next to Temple, paid some very little money. The entrance to Temple is free. I were not allowed to get inside the main building being not Hindus but I could participate one small ritual. Parking a car somewhat close to the Temple is almost impossible.

  • Hari Rama Krishnan B

    - 05 June 2018 -

    The temple was clean and well maintained.. the priest over there were very friendly and helped us very well.. the cows there were taken care.. the only thing is the people visiting the temple for the first time will get confused from where to start.. way boards will help them.. there were few cats the people coming to temple are feeding them.. the cats are extremely friendly in nature.. have a visit.. you will definitely love this place.

  • Krishnamurthy Sridhar

    - 31 January 2018 -

    An amazing architecture and must visit location in Chennai. A very well maintained temple complex. Lots of importance given to upkeep. Parking is available but limited. It takes considerable time to see preceding diety on account of crowd. So, an early morning visit could be ideal. It is a challenge for disabled and wheelchair to visit the temple. We always found someone distributing food all the time.

  • Satish Gundewar

    - 28 January 2018 -

    Very good temple. It’s a temple complex with many temples inside. Very clean and serene. A must visit if you are in Chennai .

  • Nihal Rao

    - 23 January 2018 -

    The place is really good for those who seek peace,calm and serenity. I would recommend this place to anyone whose visiting Chennai for the first time. Nearby surroundings are clean. Parking area is also available. Also, nearby you can find a good number of Hotels and Banks.

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