Where is the original Kapaleeshwarar temple?
All eminent historians writing on colonial
describe the devastation of Mylapore and its environs by the Portuguese in the 16th century. The respected Mylapore archaeologist Dr. R. Nagaswami, who has worked on San Thome Cathedral with the Jesuits, tells of the destruction of Jain and Buddhist temples along with all of the buildings of the India Kapaleeswarar on the Mylapore beach. Before him the Portuguese historian Gaspar Correa describes a holocaust that extended from Mylapore to Big Mount, south of the Temple Adyar . Even the River protagonist Archbishop Arulappa admitted that Hindu temples once stood on the sites now occupied by St. Thomas–related churches in St. Thomas , at Mylapore, Saidapet, and Big Mount now called Madras Mount. St. Thomas
"There were some broken pillar lengths, and bottom portion of Shiva lingam, and a round stone kept atop the bottom avudayar of Shiva lingam."
Chennai's self-styled historian S. Muthiah has been propagating the fable of Thomas's visit to
Elders used to mention about the presence of an old Shiva temple on the sea coast.
After publication of the book The Myth of Saint Thomas and the Mylapore Shiva Temple by Ishwar Sharan, in 1991, the public were aware of the dangers of the theory of the visit of Thomas to
The Church was trying to make Hindus villains, like what they did to the Jews for 2000 years.
By 1990, eminent citizens of Madras installed a 15 feet by 4 feet high marble plaque on the eastern gopuram of the Kapaleeswara Temple, Mylapore, Chennai, whereon they inscribed that the Portuguese destroyed the original temple on the beach side in the 16th century.
Though the mischief of
In his rejoinder, Ishwar Sharan wrote: "My quarrel with Mr. Muthiah and the English-language media that promote the
Their replies exposes how the Roman Catholic Church has written/is writing and trying to perpetuate pseudo history in
Here, I would also like to share my experience with your readers. I came across the book The Myth of Saint Thomas and the Mylapore Shiva Temple by Ishwar Sharan and Indiavil Saint Thomas Kattukkadai by Veda Prakash, in 2001, and decided to visit the spots mentioned in the book.
In July 2001 when I went to the Mylapore [
There were some broken pillar lengths, and bottom portion of Shiva lingam, and a round stone kept atop the bottom avudayar of Shiva lingam. In the few feet gap between the church's backside and the chapel, there was a broken Tamil inscription on granite stone piece peculiar to Hindu temples.
I do not know whether it still remains there or not in 2004. Subsequently I took some Hindu friends to show these temple remains, and we had to do it discretely. This was to create eyewitness evidence. We made a couple of visits, and found the remains intact.
Meanwhile, one day I was driving along the
He said that he was worried whether the function would go at all. And so lorry loads of building waste material had to be removed. And one Kumar lorry operator or contractor, obviously close to the church, has done a fine job. He was appreciated and honored by the pastor who spoke on the dais on
Courtesy: Hindu Voice, April 2004
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