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Chennai Parthasarathy Temple

The Parthasarathy temple in Chennai dedicated to Lord Krishna is perhaps one of the oldest temples in the city. Dating back to the 8th century BC, it was built by the Pallavas but was renovated by the Vijaynagar kings in the 16th century. The temple is renowned for its architecture and elaborate gopuram.



The Parthasarathy temple in Triplicane is spread over 1.5 acres. Sri Venkata Krishnaswamy is the presiding diety, with a conch in the right hand and the Gnana Mudra pointing to his holy feet. Another name for the diety is Geeta Charya.


The temple also has a separate shrine for Sri Ranganatha reposing on the Adi Sesha. The other images in the temple are those of Sri Narasimha and Sri Varaha. The tank of this famous temple is called Karavei. This ancient temple finds reference in ancient Vaishnavite works of Alwar saints. It is one of the 108 sacred centers of the Vaishnavites.


Vaikunta Ekadashi is celebrated by the recital of the 4000 poems known as the 'Tamil Vedam', in praise of the Lord. There are special prayers on Saturdays in the month of Purattasi.


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