On the evening that we reached Chennai, we decided to go and visit the Kapaleeswarar Temple, which was located in Mylapore at about 7 km from the hotel where we stayed. Unlike other youths of 25 years, I am very spiritual and visit temples whenever I go out to new places. I am very interested in the architecture of the temples and the legends behind the construction of each temple. Visiting ancient places is also one of my passions. The travel desk at the hotel arranged cab for our visit to the temple and we started from the hotel at 5 pm.
The temple opens for worship from 5.30 am to 12 at noon and then from 5 in the evening till 9 at night. We reached the temple within 15 minutes and saw that the temple has already opened and some devotees were getting inside. The temple was built in typical Dravidian style with large gopurams. A gopuram is a rectangular pyramid-like structure that is the gateway to the temple. The Kapaleeswarar temple had two gopurams, one on the eastern side and the other on the western side. The eastern gopuram is the larger of the two, measuring about 40 meters in height. The western gopuram opens to the sacred lake. Outside the temple, I could see a large market selling fruits, vegetables, flowers, and many more items at budget prices.
The temple is dedicated to Lord Siva and is believed to have been built in the seventh century by the Pallava rulers. We got inside the temple and first prayed at the shrine of Ganesha, and then moved clockwise to pray at the shrines of Muruga, Anjaneya and then to the shrine of Goddess Karpagambal. The goddess looked very powerful and I could feel the energy from the deity engulfing me. Then we moved on to the main deity, Kapaleeswarar, in the Lingam form, and as I prayed in front of the Lord, I again felt positive energy filling in me. After offering the prayers we got out and headed to the hotel, feeling cleansed by the power of the Lord and Goddess.