About Parthasarathy temple
Among the many other temples present in Chennai, Parthasarathy temple in Chennai is one of the best Vishnu temples which have its own imperative role. Parthasarathy temple belongs to 8th century temple situated in Triplicane dedicated to Lord Vishnu or we can say Lord Krishna. Parthasarathy temple is devoted to Vaishnavas. Parthasarathy temple is one of the 108 Divyadesams. The name Parthasarathy means Charioteer to Arjuna. Arjuna is one of the best heroes in the epic Mahabharata. Arjuna is also named as Partha and so Lord Krishna is worshipped as Parthasarathy in this temple. This is one of the biggest temple in Chennai.
Architecture of Parthasarathy Temple
The Parthasarathy temple was built by great Pallavas in 8th century by empire NarasimhaVarma II who is one of the best thinking, innovative builder in constructing stylistic architectures. Parthasarathy Temple consists of four distinguishing living form of Vishnu called Krishna, Rama, Narasimha and Varaha. Parthasarathy temple is one of the oldest historic temples in Chennai.There are the places of pilgrimage of Sri Vedhavalli Thayar, Sri Ranganathar, Alwars, etc. The gopurams and Mandapams are designed with extraordinary carvings known for the fame of South Indian Temple Architecture.
God Vishnu has given a promise to King Sumathi that Lord Krishna will give dharshan in the avatar of Parthasarathy. In order to keep up his promise, lord Vishnu gave dharshan in the outward appearance of Lord Parthasarathy. Lord Vishnu has arisen in the form of Ramanuja also as a human being in order to breathe life into Vaishnavam. Hence forth Ramanuja is called as the father of Vaishnavas. The architecture of Parthasarathy temple will lead to the most attractive tourist spot in Chennai.
Speciality of Parthasarathy Swamy
As per Hindu epic called Mahabharata says that Lord Vishnu is the Charioteer to Arjuna during the Mahabharata war at that Lord Vishnu has gave the great Bhagavat Gita. Consequently there were scratches in Lord Vishnu's face by the arrows of Bhishma in the war. Also the attention-grabbing thing in Parthasarathy Swamy temple is that Lord Parthasarathy is having Moustache in his face without his weapon Sudharshana chakra. As Lord Vishnu was the Charioteer so as a culture he kept moustache and don't have any weapons so that many scratched by arrows. People from all part of the world are visiting Parthasarathy temple to get his blessings and to enjoy the architecture of Parthasarathy Swamy temple.
Festivals in Parthasarathy Temple
The festivals in Parthasarathy temple includes that the temple has impressive brahmotsavams for Sri Parthasarathy Swamy during the Tamil month of chittirai (April-may), on the same month Udayavar utsavams is also renowned in extraordinary comportment. In the month of vaigasi, Sri Varadarajar utsavams, Sri Nammalwar utsavams (vaigasi-visagam) and vasanthothsavam are illustrious. Sri Azhagiyasingar during the Tamil month of aani (June-July).There are also grand utsavams for Sri Ramanuja (April-may) and Sri Manavalamamunigal (oct-nov) besides utsavams for Alwars and Acharyas. Vaikunta Ekadesi and during the Tamil month of Margazhi depicts lot of pilgrims.
How to reach Parthasarathy Temple
There are many modes of transportation available in and out Chennai to reach Parthasarathy Temple. Parthasarathy temple is situated in Triplicane which is in the heart of the Chennai city. So many local buses are available frequently from any part of Chennai to reach Parthasarathy temple. It is very easy to reach Parthasarathy temple in Chennai for the new comers also.
I have visited this temple..this essay recollect my memories..