'Thirumana Thiruthalangal', is a book written by Ms.Meera Nagarajan, the Managing Director and CEO of the company. The published chapters from the book narrate the importance on worshipping at various temples that are known to bless for an early marriage to a bride or groom.

Sri Kapaleeswara - Mylapore

Sri Kapaleeswara - Mylapore

Mylapore is one among the many ancient places in Chennai. It is said that the place got the name Mylappu due to the presence of numerous peacocks (Mayil in Tamil), which, in course of time, became Mylapore. Around 1,500 years ago, Dalami, an Egyptian tourist had confirmed in his travelogue the presence of peacocks here. The puranas say that Parvathi Devi, in the form of a peacock, worshipped Lord Siva here. Devotees throng the temple with prayers for early marriage, offspring and relief from various diseases. Let us also visit this holy shrine and be blessed with the grace of the Lord and His consort.


An incident is quoted in the puranas as the reason for the Lord to be called Kapaleeswara. Brahma grew arrogant considering himself as above the Lord just because he had five heads. Lord Siva nipped off Brahma’s middle head to contain his arrogance. The Lord acquired the name Kapaleeswara as he held the skull of Brahma in His hands. And, there’s another story going around. It seems Parvathy Devi requested the Lord to explain to her the glory of the five letters and the sacred ash. When Lord Siva was explaining things, Devi’s attention was diverted to a dancing peacock. The annoyed Lord cursed Devi to be born as a peacock in the earth. And, He prescribed redemption also – that the Devi should perform penance in Thondai Nadu. Accordingly, the Devi worshipped a Sivalinga under a Punnai tree in the form of a peacock at Mylapore. The Lord, pleased with Her puja, blessed Her with redemption and with the name Karpagambal. On request by the Devi, Lord Siva graced the place with the name Myilai.

The sthala has also the glory of having won a place in literature. Once there lived a person by name Sivanesa Chettiar in Mylapore. His daughter Angampoompavai died of snake bite. Her body was cremated and her bones and ash were preserved in a pot. Thirugnanasambhanda, who visited the sthala at the time of this incident, on learning about Poompavai’s death, asked for the pot containing her bones and ash. He sang 11 songs from Devaram. The 10th song contained a call for Poompavai. And, Poompavai came back to life from her ashes and bones, it is believed.

Sri Kapaleeswara - Mylapore


The temple has been built around 300 years ago. Devotees say that there existed a temple for Kapaeeswara near the seashore 1000 years ago. The present temple was built thereafter on the lines of Dravidian architecture. The 120-ft. seven-level Rajagopura at the east and the big tank at the west are the focus of attention. The moolavar at the sanctum has been portrayed facing the west. This is a unique feature. We enter the outer prahara through the east gate. We see Annamalaiyar, Narthana Vinayaka, Jagadeeswara and Navagraha sannidhi here, all facing the east. At the south prahara are situated the east-facing Navarathri mandap and the west-facing Singaravelar sannidhi. There’s an entrance at the west also. We enter the west outer prahara through this gate. Kodimaram, altar and Nandi are located in front of the sannidhi of the presiding deity. Devi Karpagambal blesses Her devotees from Her south-facing sannidhi, situated to the left. On the walls of the sanctum where the Lord, in the form of a swayambu lingam, has been anointed facing the west, we see the figures of Bhairava, Veerabhadra and the 63 Nayanmars.

Sri Kapaleeswara - Mylapore

Punnai tree is the sthala vritcha. The sannidhi of Punnaivananadha is situated here. At the north-east corner of this prahara is situated the sannidhi of Sani bhagwan. Vayilar, one of the 63 Nayanmars was born here. On the day of the most important festival ‘Arupathimoovar’, sick people distribute sugar. And, offering of sari to Ambal and abhiskek with milk, curd or panchamirtham to the Lord are being carried out as part of the prayer commitments by the devotees.

People who worship Kapaleeswara get peace of mind. The Goddess Karpagambal blesses Her devotees with early marriage, offspring and prosperity. Sick people are relieved from their illness, they say.


‘Arupathumoovar’ is being celebrated with splendor for 10 days along with Panguni peruvizha. Devotees throng the temple on the days of Full moon and New moon and Pradosha apart from other special days. Festivals are being held every month, this a special feature of this temple.


There are lodging facilities for those coming from outstation. Both bus and electric train facilities are there to reach the temple. All of you can visit this temple and be blessed with the grace of the Lord and Karpagambal.