According to history, it is believed that this temple was first located very close to the seashore, where it was either destroyed by Portuguese explorers or by sea erosion. The present temple, however, was built by Vijayanagar Kings during the 16th century. The front gopuram and the entire temple is an example of Dravidian architecture. Legend has it that Goddess Parvathi worshiped Lord Shiva in the form of a peacock in this temple. Another interesting fact is that Mylapore actually means the “land of peacocks” in Tamil. The temple also has a tank right behind it that hosts the annual theppam or float festival. Some of its most famous festivals, like panguni uthiram, bring in thousands of people from around the city.
Address and Phone Number:
Vadakku Maada Veethi, Mylapore, Vinayaka Nagar Colony, Mylapore, Chennai, +08 2958 70803