~Spero ergo sum~™

February 3, 2007

Mylai Magic

Filed under: Misc — Teal @ 4:49 pm

There is something magical and mesmerising about good old Mylapore. The locality got it’s name from the story of Goddess Parvathy taking the form of a peacock [Mayil ~ in tamil] and offering Vilva leaves and flowers to Lord Shiva. The Kailai of Chennai~ Mylai.

Despite the heavy traffic ridden route to mylai, this place brings a sense of inner calm and peace to many a hindu devotee. Take it from a person who says a quick prayer en route office at the very sight of the glorious gopuram of the Kapaleeshwarar Kovil.

This temple is one of the most well known places of worship in Chennaipattinam. And now Kapaleeshwarar Temple is having the annual float festival – a.k.a the theppa kulam . Weekends are all about forgetting the stress and strain of the days in the past week and relaxing and forgetting your worries. A place of worship is the best place to put ur worries to rest.
Today I got to witness the theppa kulam at a 2-step distance. 😀

It was a full moon night. I swarmed through the sea of devotees who had thronged the four sides of the temple tank. Today happens to be the last day of the float festival. Call it providence or any kind of divine intervention, I got to sit 2 steps before the water on the side of the temple tank. The float approached. I sat facing the front view of the gopuram of the temple.

Today it was Lord Muruga’s [a.k.a Karthikeyan] turn. Unfortunately I missed out on the float for Goddess Karpagambal, the consort of Lord Kapaleeshwarar, who is an incarnate of Lord Shiva.

The serene atmosphere and the aura of devotion from devotees all around made this visit to Kapali Temple an unforgettable one. I sat under the moonlit sky and watched Mylai all light up in grandeur.

Only this time around, I am way too old to take Choppu Chaamaan back home. 😦



  1. I’ve never been to the temple in Mylapore, even thought I lived in chennai for quite a long while, and then we moved to madurai and I had to contend myself with The Meenakshi Amman temple.

    but next time I come to chennai, I definetly check it out.

    ~by the way howz the John Mayar fan doing?


    Comment by Who! me? — February 3, 2007 @ 11:20 pm | Reply

  2. missed it though!!!!!but then i dont knw where is mylapore!!

    Comment by vinay — February 4, 2007 @ 11:00 am | Reply

  3. All thanks to me tht u had the oppurtunity to catch the divine sight!!:-P but i couldn’t make it and felt bad!!but atleast i made it last year!!

    Comment by Hell's Angel — February 6, 2007 @ 9:13 am | Reply

  4. I absolutely loved this new template….looks pretty kewl 🙂

    Thanks for sharing this info about Chennaipattinam….that was really nice.

    And wht else is happening these days? Hows work going on??

    Comment by Arz000n — February 7, 2007 @ 1:38 am | Reply

  5. Its indeed a gift to watch the Theppam. I missed it this year. Especially it is Thai poosam this time.

    Comment by Eshwar — January 29, 2008 @ 8:18 pm | Reply

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