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Temples of Tamilnadu >>Tirumayilai
Abodes of Skanda >>Tirumayilai
Travel Base: Chennai (Mylapore)

The Singaravelar shrine at the Kapaleeswarar temple in Chennai is of great religious and historical significance. It has been revered by the Tiruppugazh hymns of Arunagirinathar. Kapaleeswarar temple is one of the prominent landmarks in Chennai and is a repository of tamil traditions and festivals.


The presiding deities here are Kapaleeswarar and Karpagambika - revered by the Tevaram hymns of the Nayanmars.

Legend has it that Subramanyar was blessed with a spear, or Vel by his mother Parvati here at Tirumayilai. The same legend also holds at Sikkal near Tiruvarur near Thanjavur.

Singaravelar is housed in a separate west facing shrine with a beautiful vimaanam in the outer prakaram of the Kapaleeswarar temple.

This shrine attracts large crowds during monthly festivals such as the Kartikai asterism and the 6th phase of the moon Sashti.

During the annual Bhramotsavam in the month of Panguni, a processional image of Singaravelar is taken out on a number of decorated mounts along with Kapaleeswarar. During the annual float festival in the month of Thai, Singaravelar is taken in procession on the float on two nights, while Kapaleeswarar is taken only once. Skanda sashti in the month of Aippasi is another of the festivals celebrated for Singaravelar.