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Kapaleeshwar Temple

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Address: North Mada Street, Mylapore, Chennai (Madras), India
Description: This ancient shrine to Shiva is centrally located and among the area’s...
This ancient shrine to Shiva is centrally located and among the area’s most popular landmarks.
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A great 'old' but 'working' temple

I could have spent hours just watching the people come and go within the complex and it was great to meet up with happy locals. We nearly got invited to one of the wedding... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

I could have spent hours just watching the people come and go within the complex and it was great to meet up with happy locals. We nearly got invited to one of the wedding receptions of a marriage that was taking place there. Sadly we were on a bit of a schedule. We were there at 10am and it was... More 

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Chennai (Madras), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

You have to be there to understand how it feels. Beautiful old temple. If you go at a time when the crowd is thin, it is a quiet place to meditate.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

The architecture is suprising ... The cleanliness was not great ... Non-hindus cannot visit all areas ...

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Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

This is the most famous temple of Lord Shiva Situated at Mylapore in Chennai. We visited at Night on 23.2.2015 so there was not much crowd and we pay homage to shiva peacefully. Must visit place during Chennai Visit.

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Chennai (Madras), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

A must see...when you are in chennai.....one of the oldest temples in mylapore.....really huge...nice place ....the temple architecture,the theppakulam and the road side shops......a crowded place but that is what which defines mylapore.....the people,roadside shops and the beautiful temple.

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Ahmedabad, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

This is quite a old temple of Chennai. Although i had visited in the evening, it was not so crowded. I could perform "Darshan & Pooja" very well. The temple premises is quite spacious and they are maintaining it very clean. Although i don't know the history of this temple, but you should enjoy the typical South Indian Architecture at... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Chennai is rather lacking in attractions so don't miss out on this temple. Surrounded by fragrant garland stalls this Shiva temple has ancient origins and shrines to many deities. The surrounding area of Mylapore has more character than the rest of Chennai.

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Johns Creek, Georgia, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

I was thrilled to be able to visit this temple but the whole experience was tainted from the pressure of local guides to insert themselves into my visit! It really destroyed some of the pleasure - but I came to realize that this is a typical pattern (pressure from local guides/vendors) throughout India.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Our first Hindu temple, fortunately we had a very good guide, Vijay of Storytrails India, which I have reviewed elsewhere. The temple is not too vast to be overwhelming, but has an amazing tower covered with thousands of multicoloured figures. Unless you know the form or are aware of the Hindu practices you need a guide to fully experience this... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

old time favuorite of mine.. although parking is a place but a graet place to pray.. foreigners need to be careful of the touts around

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