Karaneeswarar-Temple-Mylapore1, Kaaraneeswarar Temple, Mylapore, Chennai
Karaneeswarar-Temple-Mylapore1, Kaaraneeswarar Temple, Mylapore, Chennai

Kaaraneeswarar Temple, Mylapore, Chennai

Date built:
Architectural style:Dravidian architecture
Major festivals
Address:Karaneeswarar Temple,Bazaar Road, Thyagarajapuram, Mylapore,Chennai – 600004
Phone+91 44 24985112

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Karaneeswarar Temple is a 12th century Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at Mylapore in Chennai City in Tamilnadu. Karaneeswarar Temple is located at Bazaar road in the middle stretch of the popular Kutchery road in Karaneeswararpet in Mylapore. It is about half a kilometer from the Kapaleeshwarar Temple. Presiding Deity is called as Kaaraneeswarar. Mother is called as Porkodi Amman / Sorna Lalithambigai.

Karaneeswarar Temple is the first Sapta Sthana Shiva temple (most important seven temples) of Mylapore in Chennai. Saptha Sthana Shiva Temples in Mylapore are;


Legend / Local stories


As per the legend, there used to be a young Brahman in Mylapore area, who used to perform poojas to Shiva Linga. Through his penance, he found out that Lord Shiva was the cause of creation, protection and destruction of this universe. Thereafter, he named the Shiva Linga (the main deity of this temple) that he worshiped as Kaaraneeswarar. (Kaaraneeswarar means one who has causes).

Sage Vasishta worshipped Lord Shiva here:

Sage Vasishta worshipped Lord Kaaraneeswarar here.

Temple Opening Time

The Temple remains open from 06.30 AM to 11.00 AM and 04.30 PM to 08.30 PM.


Lord Kaaraneeswarar is more than happy to grant material boons as well. The worship of Sri Kaaraneeswarar and Mother Porkodi blesses one with a happy family life; there will be much amicability amongst all members of the family. Mix coconut oil, sesame oil (gingelly) and castor oil in equal parts and use this mixture to light oil lamps in multiples of six (6, 12, 18, 24 and so on) in this temple. Pradakshinam (circling the temple) is also very important here. The belief is that a visit to this temple would cure you from all your diseases.

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How to Reach:

Karaneeswarar Temple is located at Bazaar road in the middle stretch of the popular Kutchery road in Mylapore. It is about half a kilometer from the Kapaleeshwarar Temple. The Temple is located at about 1 Km from Mylapore Bus Stop and 1 Km from Mylapore Railway Station. Mylapore is located a few kilometers to the south of the British-built Chennai city. It lies between Triplicane and Teynampet in the west then across to the coast in the east. It is bounded by Royapettah to the north. Its southern frontier corresponds roughly with that of the River Adyar.

It extends for around 4 km from north to south and 2 km from east to west. Mylapore is in the heart of Chennai city and is linked with local trains and bus facilities. Mylapore is located at about 5 Kms from Triplicane, 3 Kms from Teynampet, 2.5 Kms from Royapettah, 6 Kms from Adyar, 6 Kms from T Nagar, 3 Kms from Marina Beach, 3 Kms from Santhome, 3 Kms from Alwarpet, 5 Kms from Nungambakkam and 7 Kms from Kodambakkam.

By Road:

Mylapore is connected to other parts of the city by MTC buses, with connections including Chennai Central, T. Nagar, Tambaram, Broadway. Mylapore is located at about 10 Kms from Koyambedu Bus Terminus.

List of MTC bus routes covers through in and out of Mylapore;

Route NumberStartEndVia
1ThiruvottriyurThiruvanmiyurBroadway, Central, Royapettah, Mylapore, Mandaveli, Adyar
1AThiruvottriyurThiruvanmiyurBroadway, Central, Royapettah, Mylapore, Mandaveli, Adyar
1CEnnoreThiruvanmiyurThiruvottriyur, Broadway, Central, Royapettah, Mylapore, Mandaveli, Adyar
1DEnnoreThiruvanmiyurBroadway, Central, Royapettah, Mylapore, Mandaveli, Adyar
5BT. NagarMylaporeMandaveli, Adyar, Saidapet
12BForeshore EstateVadapalaniSanthome, Kutchery Road, Luz, Alwarpet, Pondy Bazar, Kodambakkam
12CSaligramamMylaporeVadapalani, Rangarajapuram, Panagal park, Adyar Gate, Mandaveli
M15Tambaram EastMylaporeMandaveli, Adyar, SRP tools, Velachery, Pallikaranai
M15xtEast TambaramMylaporeMandaveli, Adyar, SRP tools, Velachery, Pallikaranai, Medavakkam, Camp road
21MandaveliBroadwayMylapore, Royapettah, Central RS
21BAdyarParrysAndhra Mahila Sabha, Music College, Foreshore Estate, Santhome, Chepauk, Madras University, Secretariat, RBI
21CKannagi nagarCentral (RS)Royapettah, Mylapore, Mandaveli, Adyar, SRP tools,
21GBroadwayTambaramChepauk, Mylapore, Mandaveli, Kotturpuram, Gandhi Mandapam, Guindy, Kathipara, Meenambakkam, Pallavaram, Tambaram
29CBesant NagarPeramburAdyar, Mandaveli, Mylapore, Stella Mary’s College, Nungambakkam, Chetpet
45GGuindyAnna SquareSaidapet West, Mettupalayam, Srinivasa Theater, CIT nagar, Adyar Gate, Mandaveli, Mylapore, V. house

By Train:

Thirumayilai Railway Station, on the Mass Rapid Transit System network, connects Mylapore to Chennai Beach to the north and Velachery on the south. Mylapore is located at about 9 Kms from Chennai Central Railway Station and 6 Kms from Egmore Railway Station.

By Air:

Nearest Airport is Chennai International Airport located at about 17 Kms from Mylapore.

Contact Details

Karaneeswarar Temple,
Bazaar Road, Thyagarajapuram, Mylapore,
Chennai – 600004
Phone: +91 44 24985112
Email: [email protected]

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