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Dedicated to the Hindu god Krishna, the Parthasarathy Temple is a real architectural beauty reminiscent of an age long gone by. Built in the year 8 B.C, every pillar inside the temple has a tale to tell. It was built by the Pallavas, subsequently expanded by Cholas and later by the Vijayanagara kings in the 15th century.
This temple is a very popular place of worship amongst Hindus and is teeming with people on special occasions and religious festivals. The references in the temple stem from the Hindu epic, the Mahabharata, where Lord Krishna was the charioteer for the Pandava prince, Arjuna, during the Kurukshtra war. His name, Parthasarathy, literally means ‘charioteer of Arjuna’. During this war, Krishna’s stance was neutral and did not physically engage in battle, instead lending his army to one side and himself to the Pandava side.
The sacred Hindu text, the Bhaggvat Gita, is a conversation between Krishna and Arjuna, in the middle of the battlefield, seconds before the onset of the war. Arjuna, faced by a moral dilemma, was confused about fighting his tyrannical cousins, as they were his own blood. Lord Krishna then explains a variety of topics to Arjuna including yoga, reincarnation, karma and Arjun’s own duties as a warrior and a prince. Krishna’s wisdom is why his devotees love him and this temple is a testament to his role in the war.
There are two towers in the eastern and western directions of the temple and five towers crown the shrines present in the innermost sanctum. A temple tank contains five wells and lies opposite to the entrance of the temple at the eastern side. Down the path towards the main deity, smaller shrines for Rama and Anjaneya lay like jewels along the path till the end, where, standing in all its glory, is the main deity, Parthasarathy.
This is the only statue in the world where Lord Krishna is depicted with a moustache in the traditional fashion of charioteers. He is seen here with all his consorts, Sita, brothers Lakshmana, Bharatha, Shathrugna and devotee Hanuman. A smaller bronze idol has the Lord’s face with poke marks, to depict injuries from the Mahabharata was. The other shrines inside the temple portray different avatars of the Lord. Specifically, Yoga Nrisimha’s shrine is believe to possess healing powers, a must see for those new to the temple. The calm vibes in the temple and the intriguing surroundings create a very peaceful atmosphere where both devotees and visitors can enjoy moments of reflection.
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Very old temple. Majestic looking God Parthasarathy, with a big moustache. All religious formalities performed well as per the tradition. Very holy place. A must visit place in Chennai
Big temple good place and nice environment... temple tank is huge... Hotels and road side food are so good and quality near the temple.
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Nice temple built few centuries back...surroundings can be better kept in terms of cleanliness. Chennai Corporation fails public across Chennai for upkeep and maintenance of public areas. Excellent prasads. Narasimhar sannidhi is unique.
In this temple only the god have mustache so beauty of partha,And the most beautiful god andal is present here.Every saturday i went to this temple,god gives to me peace.