Thirumayilai or Mylapore is one of the most important cultural hubs in the history of Chennai and Tamil Nadu. Mylapore is known for its famous Sri Kapaleeswarar Temple, the ancient architecture, the rituals and the popular festival of Arubathu Moovar (a procession of bronze images of the 63 Saiva saints). The temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, has been mentioned in the beautiful hymns of the 7th century saint, Thirugnana Sambandar, in his Devaram, and is well-known for its rich mythological stories. The seat of music, dance, art and history, the streets around the temple represent the vibrant culture of Tamil Nadu. This walk will focus on the antiquity of Mylapore and the temple through its many associated stories.

This guided tour is free.

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Walk Leader
Jayakumar Sundararaman
Jayakumar Sundararaman- Born in Sirkazhi, Tamil Nadu, S. Jayakumar is a performing Carnatic musician trained at Kalakshetra and an independent researcher on cultural history of South India., he founded Prastara, an NGO for preservation and conservation of heritage.

A firm believer that a greater understanding of our past will increase the chances of creating a better future, Jayakumar is also the Chief Editor & a contributor to the online bilingual monthly magazine on art and culture of Prastara. He also holds a Masters in Music and History and has been trained in Epigraphy under stalwarts including Dr R. Nagaswamy and Prof. S. Ramachandran.