ARUBATHIMOOVAR FESTIVAL

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Celebrated In : In Mylapore, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Fall On : March-April
Idols Worshipped: 63 Nayanmars
Architecture : Dravidian Architectural Style

Ensample of Dravidian Architecture
An exquisite depiction of Dravidian architecture is the Kapaleeshwara (also spelt as Kapaleeshwar) temple with its massive and intricately carved gopuram towering into the sky. This 8th century Pallava temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is situated in the traditional part of Chennai at Mylapore. The main deity, Lord Shiva, is worshipped as "Kapaleeshwarar" and Goddess Parvati as "Karpagambal". The temple is very famous and attracts thousands of devotees especially during festival days.

The bronze idols of the 63 Nayanmars, the saints who were devotees of Lord Shiva are placed within the Kapaleeshwarar Sannadhi. The Nayanmars glorified Lord Shiva with enchanting hymns. In March - April during the Arubathimoovar festival all the Nayanmars are taken in a colourful procession through the streets of Mylapore.

HOW TO GET THERE

Air: Chennai has an airport with both domestic and international terminals. Regular flights connect Chennai with the major cities within the country and also with international countries such as USA, Singapore, U.K., etc.
Rail: Chennai is well connected by rail with the important towns and cities within and beyond the state.
Road: State transport buses and private buses connect Chennai with the major towns and cities within the country. For local transportation local trains, city buses, auto rickshaws and taxis are also available.

WHERE TO STAY

Varied accommodation options are available at the hotels in Chennai.



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