About the temple

Kapaleeshwarar temple was constructed in the 7th century CE by the Pallavas. The Kapaleeshwarar Temple was first constructed where Santhome Church is presently located in Chennai. This temple was destroyed by the Portuguese and the present temple was constructed in the 16th century by the Vijayanagar Kings.




   English, Tamil



The Kapaleeshwarar Temple is an image of the Dravidian style of design with huge gopuram (tower). The temple has two passageways. Its fragmentary engravings exist since 1250 AD, however, the design and structure of the temple is progressively related to the culture sixteenth century, when Vijay Nagar lords rebuilt it.

According to the custom, Goddess Karpagambal is offered a wreath made of gold coins named kaasu maala on the custom of Friday worship. There are separate sannadhis for few Gods like Vinayagar, Annamalaiyar, Murugar and Saneeswara. The prominent component of this structure is the 37-meter tall gopuram, overpowering the road on which the temple sits. As you enter the temple you can see a sculpture of a sacred saint known as Gnanasambandar.