Parthasarathy Temple of Maha Vishnu in the form of Krishna S Mada St, Triplicane, Chennai-600006

Out of the 108 Divya Desam, it lies in the 58th place. Lord Vishnu appears with a moustache as a Sarathi (Chariot Driver) . Due to lots of Alli (LILLY) flowers in the Temple pond, this Kshetram is called as "Alli keni".

Temple Etiquette

  • Footwear not allowed inside

    Footwear not allowed inside
    Footwear to be left outside the temple. In summer be careful of the hot paving stones.

  • Prasad and donation

    Prasad and donation
    Use your right hand to accept prasad and give donations. The left hand is considered unclean in India.

  • Dress conservatively

    Dress conservatively
    Avoid shorts, skirts, tanktops and do not expose legs.

  • Avoid cellphones

    Avoid cellphones
    Use of cell phones is restricted normally. Photography is restricted in some temples.

  • Circumambulation or pradakshina

    Circumambulation or pradakshina
    Devotees are to walk around the sanctum sanctorum in a clockwise direction

About Parthasarathy Temple

King Sumathirajan a devotee of Lord Vishnu, had the desire to have the darshan of Lord as the Sarathy of Arjuna in the Gurukshetra battle. He prayed to the Lord to act as Sarathy to the Arjuna for controlling and managing the ratha. The King begged the Lord to stay in this place. Here the Lord appears with his conch . Lord absorbs the arrows shot by Bhishma aimed at Arjuna,got injured, and  the scars are still visble even now .

The temple came to be known as Sri Parthasarathy temple.

Sage Brugu performed penance to have Lord Vishnu as his son-in-law. This wedding festival is celebrated in the temple in the month  of the Masi (February-March).

Goddess Vedavalli Thayar blesses the devotees from her own separate shrine.  She does not come out in procession outside the temple but goes round the prakara only on Fridays and Uthiram star days.

In the temple, Lord Krishna appears with whole family  Sri Rukmini nearby, Sri Mahalakshmi in Chest, brother Balarama to his right and Satyagi to the left, son Padyumnan and grandson Aniruddha. This is the only temple, where 3 generations of his family are displayed.

In this temple, Parthasarathy is not seen with his Discus. Yoga Narasimha in the separate shrine is the first deity of the temple.  Day’s first puja is dedicated to Him.  He had granted darshan to sage Athri.  The bells in the shrine do not have the sound producing tongue in them as sound would be a hindrance to Yoga of the Lord.  They are just fixed on the shrine’s door .

Presiding deity is 9 feet tall. This is the only Vishnu temple where Lord  appears with the moustache of a Sarathi – conducting Arjuna’s rath in the Gurukshetra battle field.  He also appears with His family.

People pray to Lord Narasimha in the temple for good education and wisdom.  They also pray to the Lord seeking wedding and child boon.

Sri Thiagraja Swamigal and Sri Muthuswami Dishithar of the Carnatic Music Trinity, and  Mahakavi Subramanya Bharathi- the great Tamil poet, have sung the glory of Lord Parthasarathy.  It is generally accepted that Bharathi’s Kannan songs are on Lord of the temple.  Maths genius Ramanujam had been an ardent devotee of Lord Parthasarathy.

Bharathiar, the legendary Tamil poet and independence activist was struck by an elephant to death at the temple, whom he used to feed regularly.


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