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16 Beautiful Pictures of Parthasarathy Temple, Triplicane

Written by Team Urban Tree

The famous Parthasarathy Temple located at Triplicane, Chennai, is an 8th-century Hindu Vaishnavite temple dedicated to the Lord Krishna. The temple is glorified in the Divya Prabandha, the early medieval Tamil literature canon of the Alvar saints from the 6th–9th centuries CE and is classified as among the 108 Divya Desams dedicated to Vishnu. The name ‘Parthasarathy’  in Sanskrit, means the ‘charioteer of Arjuna’, referring to Krishna’s role as a charioteer to Arjuna in the epic Mahabaratha. The temple has five of the incarnations or avatars of Vishnu: Narasimhar, Ramar, Varadaraja, Ranganathar and Krishna. Another interesting fact is that this is the only idol of Lord Vishnu that has a moustache.

The history of the temple never ceases to amaze one. The temple was originally built by the Pallavas in the 8th century, subsequently expanded during the Chola period and later by the Vijayanagara kings in the 15th century. A lot of inscriptions dating back to the same period are found here.

The main shrine inside the temple is of Parthasarathy or Venkata Krishna and the secondary shrine is of Vedavalli Thayaar, with that of Narasimha and Ranganatha. The gopuram (towers) and mandapas (pillars) are decorated with elaborate carvings, a prominent feature of South Indian Temple Architecture. The colourful gopurams are an exquisite feature of this popular temple. The intricately carved Mandapas of the temple are sure to leave one spellbound.

The water tank situated within the temple is considered holy and sacred and it is believed that Goddess Mahalakshmi was born here to sage Bhrigu in the form of Vedavalli. This holy tank, commonly known as kovil kolam is said to consist of five sacred wells. In the month of February and March is when the Tamil month Masi falls. During the New Moon day of this Masi month, float festival (Theppa Utsavam) occurs in this holy tank for seven days. This is a form of paying respect to Lord Parthasarathy (3 days) and one day each for Sri Narasimhar, Sri Ranganathar, Sri Ramar and Sri Gajendra Varathar.

Two Hindu festivals that draw people to this temple are Brahmotsavam and Vaikuntha Ekadashi. Sri Parthasarathy Temple is thus a spectacular depiction of history, art and culture of Indian history collated together and is an amazing tourist attraction in Chennai.

1. Panoramic Shot of Parthasarathy Temple, Triplicane

Parthasarathy Temple, Triplicane

Photography – Ravi Rajagopal

2. Bird’s eye view of Parthasarathy Temple

Bird’s eye view of Parthasarathy Temple

Photography – Ravi Rajagopal

3. Spectacular Sunrise  

Parthasarathy Temple, Triplicane

Photography – Kicha

4. Rediscovering the beauty within

triplicane parthasarathy temple photos

Photography – Kicha

5. Life in Technicolor

Parthasarathy Temple, Triplicane

Photography – Ragul Balaji

6. Divine Protoype – A Model of the Temple Building kept inside the temple

Parthasarathy Temple, Triplicane

Photography – Ajith Subramanian; Image Source : Chennaites Facebook Page

7. Divinity in Spirituality

Divinity in Spirituality

Photography – Madhumitha Raghavan

8. Standing magnificently tall

Standing magnificently tall

Photography – Kicha

9. An edifice to worship

An edifice to worship

Photography – Partha B

10. Kaleidoscope of Colours

Kaleidoscope of Colours

Photography – Kicha

11. Transition to inner peace

Transition to inner peace

Photography – Ramachandran M R

12. Serenity with Nature & tranquillity with the almighty

Serenity with Nature & tranquillity with the almighty

Photography – Amarnath Eswar

13. Generations together..

Generations together

Photography – Neetesh Kumar

14. Divine sight

Parthasarathy Temple, Triplicane

Photography – Neetesh Kumar

15. Awakening your soul

Parthasarathy Temple

Photography – Padmanabhan Rangarajan

16. Pathway to the Lord

Pathway to the Lord

Photography – Padmanabhan Rangarajan

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Urban Tree are the creators of magnificent homes in Chennai. Urban Tree is committed to creating world-class homes featuring innovative new styles that are meticulously integrated into every aspect of modern day living.


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