As per the 2001 Census of India, around 81% of the total population of this city is followers of Hinduism. This region has always been a Hinduism dominated area. However, with the advent of the Europeans and subsequently other communities, it has now turned into a multicultural city.
Besides Hinduism, Islam, Christianity and Jainism are also persistent in this city. The temples of this city are one of its main attractions. One of the most famous is the Kapaleeshwarar Temple. It is situated in Mylapore which is in the outskirts of the city of Chennai. Mylapore is the traditional hub of the city which has a history dating several centuries back. This temple is believed to be built in the 7th Century by the then rulers of the Pallava Dynasty. Here, one of the major Gods of the Hindus, Shiva is revered along with his consort, Parvati. This temple is especially famous for its gateway tower known as gopuram. It is a 120ft. tall structure which is adorned by thousands of stucco figures. Open on all days of the week, the temple remains closed every for four hours from the noon.