General

A beautiful place of Load Vishnu with five sanctums Lord Parthasarathy temple is located in southern State Tamil Nadu at Triplicane (Chennai city). Each sanctum is devoted to different forms of the Lord as Sri Parthasarathi, Narasimha, Rama, Ranganatha, and Varadaraja. This one is the 108 Tirupatis of Lord Vishnu, and several sages have worshipped in this deity and achieved Mukti (salvation).

In Puranic times, this exclusive place was known as  Tulsivanam or Vrindaranya. Tamil pietist like Pey Alwar, Thirumangai Alwar, and Thirumazhisai Alwar have sung in praise of the Lord. The main shrine of this beautiful temple is dedicated to Lord Venkata Krishnaswami ( Parthasarathy). The statue of the Lord Venkata Krishnaswami standing in the company of Satyaki, Devi Rukmini, Pradyumna (His son), Balarama (His brother) and Aniruddha (His grandson). This unique combination of Sri Krishna’s family is admired as the Pancha Veeras. The processional deity of Sri Parthasarathy is preserved separately. The captivating and bejeweled idol of the Lord Parthasarathy bears arrow marks on His face. It is said that these were reasoned by Bhishma in the fight of Kurukshetra.

Other deities in the temple Lord Ranganatha is reclining on Adi Sesha with and Bhodevi by his side and Sridevi and Brahma sitting on a lotus flower originating from the Lord’s navel Yoga Narasimha deity is facing west. The idols of  Lord Narasimha and Sri Varahamurthi are seen facing each other in this sanctum. The processional deity of Yoga Narasimha, known as Thelliya Singhar, is a beautiful and finely decorated image. A Sudarshana Chakra is also worshipped in the sanctum Lord Rama is worshipped as Chakravarthi Thirumagan as He gave darshan to a Rishi by name Madhuban. He is seated along with his wife Sitadevi and his brothers Lakshmana, Bharata and Shatrugna. The image of Hanuman is also there as separate deity facing the sanctum Lord Varadaraja has a separate shrine. He is seated on Garuda as he gave darshan to sage Saptaroma. The sage wanted to have darshan of the Lord as He gave mukti to the elephant Gajendra (known popularly as Gajendra Moksham). The image beautifully depicts this scene. Sri Aandaal, the Alwars, and Sri Ramanujacharya are worshipped in separate shrines.

The temple has grand brahmotsavams for Sri Parthasarathy swami during the Tamil month of chittering (April-may), on the same month Udayavar uthsavam is also celebrated in a special manner. Sri Nammalwar uthsavam(vaigasi-visagam), vasanthothsavam and Sri Varadarajar uthsavam are celebrated in the month of vaigasi. Sri Azhagiyasingar during the Tamil month of aani (June-July). There are also splendid utsavams for Sri Ramanuja(April-may) and Sri Manavalamamunigal (Oct.- Nov.) besides utsavams for Alwar and acharyas. Vaikunta Ekadasi and during the Tamil month of Margazhi draws a lot of pilgrims.

Marina Beach is the very reachable place to this beautiful temple. The temple is located about four km from the Chennai Edmore Railway Stations and Chennai Central and 25 km from the Meenambakkam

 

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