Mayil means peacock in Taiml language . Mylapore got its name from the cooing noises of the peacocks which used to frequent this area. Mylapore was a trading port before the British arrived in India.The seventh-century Kapaleeshwara Temple , the SanThome Basilica and Ramakrishna Math are places of religious importance . St.Thomas the apostle is said to have died here in 72 AD. It is also regarded as the birthplace of the Tamil poet and saint ,Thiruvalluvar. He is one of the icons of Tamil literature.
Hence, Mylapore is a place of religious significance & historic importance.
Mylapore is known for its cultural and religious heritage. The Kapaleeshwara temple has a famous tank and shops line all four sides of the tank. It has everything from spices (Ambika Applam Depot) to stainless steel shops. There are a dozen street vendors who sell bangles, flowers, fruits and other small items and bargaining is allowed and practiced . It is noisy and crowded especially in the evening. However,The smell of jasmine flowers, the sound of the Temple bells and the sight of the Temple Tank is a unique experience.
Shopping near the Mylapore tank is a quintessential Chennai shopping experience.
Golu Dolls(painted mud dolls) for Navratri can be found in the Mylapore Tank Road known as Madavedhi. Hence, the street is crowded during the Navaratri festival .
Rasi Silks,which is a very well known and popular shop is best known for beautiful silk sarees known as Kanjivaram pattu sarees, scarves and Tanjore paintings . It is one of the best known shops for bridal wear sarees.
Shrinivas Silks , which is closer to the Mylapore tank in the Luz Bazar is another well known shop for Kanjivaram silk sarees & cotton sarees.
Shops for dance costumes, dance jewellery and other dance accessories can be found near the Kapaleeshwara Temple in Shanti Tailors store. Sukra, the silverware shop also stocks dance jewellery.Therefore, classical Indian dancers usually stop by in this area .
Another famous shop is “GIRI trading” which specializes in all things spiritual such as deities, puja articles and religious music CDs.
The City Centre Mall in Chennai is close to the Kapaleeshwara Temple.
The Chennai City Center shopping mall in Mylapore, has a multiplex, a food court and the Lifestyle department store.
Read about the best shops in Mylapore.
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