The Singaravelar shrine at
the Kapaleeswarar temple in Chennai is of great
religious and historical significance. It has been revered by the Tiruppugazh
hymns of Arunagirinathar. Kapaleeswarar temple is one of
the prominent landmarks in Chennai and is a repository of tamil traditions and festivals.
The presiding deities here are Kapaleeswarar and Karpagambika - revered
by the Tevaram hymns of the Nayanmars.
Legend has it that Subramanyar was blessed with a spear,
or Vel by his mother Parvati here at Tirumayilai. The same legend also
holds at Sikkal near Tiruvarur
Singaravelar is housed in a separate west facing shrine with a beautiful
vimaanam in the outer prakaram of the Kapaleeswarar temple.
This shrine attracts large crowds during monthly festivals such as the Kartikai
asterism and the 6th phase of the moon Sashti.
During the annual Bhramotsavam in the month of Panguni, a processional
image of Singaravelar is taken out on a number of decorated mounts along
with Kapaleeswarar. During the annual float festival in the month of Thai,
Singaravelar is taken in procession on the float on two nights, while Kapaleeswarar is
taken only once. Skanda sashti in the month of Aippasi is another of the
festivals celebrated for Singaravelar.