IMG_20170521_102845, Virupaksheeswarar Temple, Mylapore, Chennai
IMG_20170521_102845, Virupaksheeswarar Temple, Mylapore, Chennai

Virupaksheeswarar Temple, Mylapore, Chennai

Date built:
Deity: Virupaksheeswarar
Architectural style: Dravidian architecture
Major festivals
Locale: Mylapore
District:: Chennai
Address: Virupaksheeswarar Temple,PV Koil Street, Karneeswarapuram,
Mylapore, Chennai – 600004
Phone +91 44 2498 1893
 Virupaksheeswarar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at Mylapore in Chennai City in Tamilnadu. This is the oldest temple of Mylapore and is near Kaaraneeswarar temple and Mundakkanni Amman Temple. Presiding Deity is called Virupaksheeswarar and Mother is called as Visalakshi. Virupaksheeswarar temple is the fourth Sapta Sthana Shiva Temple in Mylapore, Chennai.


Legend / Local stories

Builder of this Temple:

It is believed that it was built by a devotee named Shivanesan Chettiar. As per the popular legend, his daughter Poompavai died and the great saint Thirugnana Sambandhar brought her back alive from her burnt bones.


‘Viroopam’ means ‘Contradicting the Nature’ and since Shiva’s third eye contradicts the nature, He is called Virupaksheeswarar.

Sage Kutsa worshipped Lord Shiva here:

Legend says Sage Kutsa worshipped Lord Shiva here.

Sundarar saw Nataraja Thandavam here:

Sundaramoorthy Nayanar after worshipping the God here saw Nataraja Thandavam.

This is a 1000 years old temple. There are 20 inscriptions dating from 11th century to 16th century. Many of them are in the Sanctum Sanctorum and are inaccessible. The oldest is the 11th century kalvettu of Veera Rajendra Chozha (1063-70) in the Karuvarai of the temple mentioning the donation of cows. Unfortunately, except for a few inscriptions in the South and North walls of the temple most of them are dilapidated and or are covered with new structures due to renovations. The Kumbabhishekam was held in May 2016.

Temple Opening Time

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

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How to Reach:

The Virupaksheeswarar temple is situated at Bazaar Road, in Mylapore locality of Chennai, Tamil Nadu. This temple is located at close proximity to the popular Kaaraneeswarar Temple and Mundakkanni Amman temple in the same locality. One has to take a bus from the Mylapore Tank bus stop to the Kutchery Road, and from there to Bazaar Road. It can be reached easily from AIR Bus Stop on Marina. The Temple is located at about 1.5 Kms from Mylapore Bus Stop, 600 meters from AIR 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 Number Start End Via
1 Thiruvottriyur Thiruvanmiyur Broadway, Central, Royapettah, Mylapore, Mandaveli, Adyar
1A Thiruvottriyur Thiruvanmiyur Broadway, Central, Royapettah, Mylapore, Mandaveli, Adyar
1C Ennore Thiruvanmiyur Thiruvottriyur, Broadway, Central, Royapettah, Mylapore, Mandaveli, Adyar
1D Ennore Thiruvanmiyur Broadway, Central, Royapettah, Mylapore, Mandaveli, Adyar
5B T. Nagar Mylapore Mandaveli, Adyar, Saidapet
12B Foreshore Estate Vadapalani Santhome, Kutchery Road, Luz, Alwarpet, Pondy Bazar, Kodambakkam
12C Saligramam Mylapore Vadapalani, Rangarajapuram, Panagal park, Adyar Gate, Mandaveli
M15 Tambaram East Mylapore Mandaveli, Adyar, SRP tools, Velachery, Pallikaranai
M15xt East Tambaram Mylapore Mandaveli, Adyar, SRP tools, Velachery, Pallikaranai, Medavakkam, Camp road
21 Mandaveli Broadway Mylapore, Royapettah, Central RS
21B Adyar Parrys Andhra Mahila Sabha, Music College, Foreshore Estate, Santhome, Chepauk, Madras University, Secretariat, RBI
21C Kannagi nagar Central (RS) Royapettah, Mylapore, Mandaveli, Adyar, SRP tools,
21G Broadway Tambaram Chepauk, Mylapore, Mandaveli, Kotturpuram, Gandhi Mandapam, Guindy, Kathipara, Meenambakkam, Pallavaram, Tambaram
29C Besant Nagar Perambur Adyar, Mandaveli, Mylapore, Stella Mary’s College, Nungambakkam, Chetpet
45G Guindy Anna Square Saidapet 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

Virupaksheeswarar Temple,
PV Koil Street, Karneeswarapuram,
Mylapore, Chennai – 600004
Phone: +91 44 2498 1893

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