The name Mylapore is derived from the word “Mayil Aarparikum oor”, which means “the land of peacock scream”
Mylapore had one of the ancient sea ports on the globe. The Mylai Port flourished in trade with the Roman Empire, importing gold in exchange for commodities like spices and clothing etc.
To our awe, alot of Roman coins are unearthed in here!
It is said that, the great tamil poet Thiruvalluvar lived in Mylapore around 200 BC.
According to legend, Pey Alwar, one of the 12 Alwars was found in a water lily in the Pond in Mylapore, in 4203 BC.
The Pond is said to be the “Adi kesava Perumal Temple” pond, which is still in Mylapore.
Ptolomy, the Greek astrologer wrote of the port in Maillarpha/Mylarphon in 140 AD. Mylapore is thus well-known to the Greeks and Romans.
Saints Appar and Sambandhar from 7th Century have sung about Mylai in their Hymns quoting,
“Where honey trees grow in beautiful gardens on the seashore, Goddess Parvati appeared as a peahen and Kapaleeshwarar took her in marriage”
Arabs new Mylapore as Maila and Meilan from the 9th & 10th centuries AD, Mirapor appears on a Catalan map of 1375 AD referring to Mylapore.
Marco Polo visited Mylapore in the late 13th Century. He recorded an elaborate description of the people, land, customs and religion.
Kapaleeshwar temple was actually built by the Pallavas in the 7th Century. This temple served as a beacon of light for ships approaching for trade with this city.
The Portuguese destroyed the seaside original in the 16th Century, to construct the San Thome Basilica.
A new temple was constructed in the 16th century using the remains of the old temple.
“Luz” comes from the origins of “Nossa Senhora Da Luz” Church, translated as “Our Lady Of Light”, church built by the Portuguese in 1516 AD.This church is one of the oldest standing christian structures in India.
Ramakrishna Mutt, is the oldest of Ramakrishna order in Southern India. The construction is a blend of Hindu, Islamic, Buddhist and Christian Styles. The campus has huge halls for meditation.
Mylapore was also a centre of Jainism, a Jaina Manuscript refers to a temple of Neminaatha, on the shores of Mylapore. A Jaina image was also found near the San Thome.
Pennathur Subramaniya Iyer was the main man behind Mylai’s underground canal system. He constructed the storm water drain to the Kapaleeshwar temple tank.
The only locality in Chennai which has its own festival – The Mylapore festival. Many traditional events and activities takes place during the festival.
Mylapore is regarded as the cultural hub of the Chennai city. December is the music fest in Mylapore where continuous concerts are held.
Mylapore – The Epicentre of History and Culture!