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Visiting Kapaleeshwarar Temple Chennai

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Chennai, the land with strong socio-cultural heritage being the nerve center of education for Tamil Nadu has always been the most favorable place to be curated by the foreign tourists. Chennai is considered to be the health capital of India owing to less pollution and significant socio-economic issues. Kapaleeshwarar, the temple with spectacular architecture, is one of the most visited temples. If on a holy expedition, then this temple will be a must visit for you. There are various beliefs and religious stories about this temple. Shaivite priests worship Lord Shiva follow prescribed rituals and celebrates many festivals.

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Expedition To Attain Peace

Expedition To Attain Peace

The God and the Goddess splendid on the vahana reach their temple. There are different kinds of vahana decorated like; elephant, bull and golden chariot are the major attractions nowadays. It's a blissful feeling for the devotes to help in pulling the Vahanas.



The priests perform rituals. There are prescribed norms for the rituals. The ritual begins with the sanctified ceremony of ëabhishekaí of the God, thereby adornment with ornaments and clothes; food is then put forth to the God with respect, followed by the illumination of the lamps. The six rituals performed are Ushthakalm, Kalasanthi, Uchikalam, Sayarakshai, Irandamkalam, Arda Jamam.



The auspicious nine days of Mid-March or Mid-April are marked for the biggest festival of Tamil Nadu as Brahmotsavam. These days the decoration, the excitement, the blissful aura makes the city more alive with joy and happiness all around. The idols are adorned with appealing ornaments and attractive, colorful clothes, are then taken for pradakshinam, a kind of clockwise procession around the temple on vahanas. The processions are conducted even in the midnights and also early morning. The days are fixed for different vahana which will be used respectively. A trip planned in this period will give you a special color to be added to your autobiography.

Cage Inside Temple

Cage Inside Temple

A curse on Goddess Parvati turned her to peacock. It is said that a fight between Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati went on to become so furious that Lord Shiva fulminated Goddess Parvati to peacock. Goddess went to this place where presently Kapaleeshwarar temple is situated and tried level best to plead god worshipping him. This cage has peacock and peahen inside it symbolizing the belief.

Sundal- Prasadam

Sundal- Prasadam

The interesting fact behind the tastier prasadam is that it was actually prepared due to the scarcity of ingredients of the recipe, but ultimately it became the starve stomachís favorite craving. The dish is Thiruvathirai Kalee. Sundal is another in-demand prasadam made with black gram.

Grandeur Architectural Look

Grandeur Architectural Look

The huge grandeur look, the picturesque architecture, the religious faith, the belief stories and most importantly the need to atone oneself is the major attraction of this temple that delineates the devotees, the foreign tourist towards it. The important archaic form makes it more eye-catching and mesmerizing. A visit to this temple certainly will make you feel the eternal peace which you have been deprived of late. The temple is known for its atonement stories. To redeem themselves from the mistakes committed by them Brahma, Goddess Parvati, Sukacharya worshipped here and pleaded Lord to bless them. The devotees visit this temple to atone for all the evils committed by them.

Kapaleeshwarar Temple Chennai Tips and Tricks

How to Get Tickets?

Tickets are available right here at this website. Purchase them online to avail special offers and discounts and avoid standing in long queues for buying tickets at the entrance gates of the tourist destinations.

How To Get Around?

To commute locally from one corner to another various transport facilities are provided including Pre Paid taxi and bus services are also available. However, as far as language is considered Telugu, Malayalam being their mother tongue is understood by all, and if you know these languages, it will make your trip easy, but the localities very well understand even English and Hindi.

What Should I Wear?

A dress code is followed in the temples of Tamil Nadu. Though the dress code is fixed, this will also ensure you a great feeling as when you want to get that feeling you need to be in their attires this will also help you capture an altogether different experience. Men can expect a different look for them in traditional wear like Dhoti or pajama paired up with some shirt or Kurta. Females look very graceful in saree but they are also allowed to carry a churidar. Mothers are advised to take their kids to the temple making them wear clothes that cover the full body.

Kapaleeshwarar Temple Chennai Facts

Best Time to Visit

The ten days celebration will be the perfect time to visit the temple as this will give you the true picture of happiness all around the temple and you will return with peace and eternity in mind. So if you want to enjoy and be a part of their celebrations then must plan a trip in March and April. If you do not want to be a part of the crowd, then the early morning ritual will be the right time for you to visit.



Will I Need a Guide?

If you are aware of the beliefs and religious stories about the existence of temple then you can relish the moment alone. If you want to know and cover the temple completely then a guide is needed. However, the saints in the temple also are available to help the tourists.

How To Get There?

it is easily accessible through bus and taxi from various hooks and corner of the city.


The devotees are allowed to enter the temple during fixed time durations. As in morning from 5 AM to 12 noon and in evenings one can visit between 4 PM to 9 PM.

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