My Mylapore

Mylapore Social History Project initiated by Mylapore Times - the neighbourhood newspaper.

April 11, 2005

Puranic Mylapore

Prof. K. Sampath writes to trace a puranic reference to
Mylapore.

During the Tretayugam sage Sukrachariar lost an eye while trying to prevent king Bali from fulfiling the wishes of Lord Vishnu. He then did severe penance at Mylapore and Lord Siva restored his eyesight. Siva stayed in Mylapore as Velleeswarar (Velli meaning Sukran ). This story is enacted every year on the ninth day of the chittirai festival of Valleeswarar temple on the South Mada Street.

Goddess Parvathi in the form of a peahen worshipped Lord Kapaleeswarar at the Kapali temple. In olden times lots of peacocks and peahens lived around the temple. So the place came to be known as Mayil Aadum Puram which later was shortened to Mylapore.

2 Comments:

Blogger Seshadri Raghavan said...

Kindly Add alwar pasuram which speaks plentiful about mAMylai and Alli-keni

12:48 PM  
Blogger Shastha said...

The old Kapaleeshwarar temple stood at the present Santhome Church. The portuguese brought down the temple to build the church.

6:40 AM  

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