Kapaleeswarar Temple

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Floohoo Travels offer you the best Kapaleeswarar Temple Tour Packages. Choose from a wide range of tour packages based on your interests and needs. Legend speaks of a king who once ruled the region, who, while out hunting chanced upon an amazing sight -wild peacocks worshipping a ‘lingam’ (symbol of the Hindu god Shiva) with offerings of flowers. The king decided to build a temple dedicated to Shiva at the spot, installing the same lingam and naming the area Mylapura or ‘City of the Peacocks’. The current temple beside the sea was first built by kings from the Pallava dynasty in the 7th century AD in the Dravidian style of architecture. Subsequently most of the temple was razed by marauding Portuguese soldiers in AD 1556. Very little remains of the old temple besides some 12th century inscriptions. However, the temple was later rebuilt by the Vijayanagar dynasty during the latter part of the 16th century incorporating material recovered from the ruins. The temple now embraces a large pond and its main ‘gopuram’ or tower contains numerous shrines within. The predominat shrine is dedicated to the god Shiva or Kapaleeshwara.