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Parthasarathy Temple, Chennai (Madras)

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Parthasarathy Temple

It is at Peter's Road, Triplicane. It is one of the oldest temples in Madras, built by Pallavas in the 8th century and rebuilt by the Vijayanagar Kings in 11th century. The literal meaning of 'Parthasarathy' is the charioteer. According to the great Indian epic 'Mahabharata' 'Partha' meant Arjuna while sarathy is meant as charioteer. In the epic it is said during the great battle of Mahabharata Lord Krishna was the charioteer of Arjuna. In the epic Arjuna or partha was a brave warrior and Lord Krishna was a good friend, philosopher and guide to the Partha or Arjuna.

Though the Parthasarathy temple is devoted to the various incarnations of Lord Vishnu the main deity is 'Lord Krishna' one of the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Also the other exquisite feature of this Parthasarathy temple is the colored gopuram. 'Gopuram' is said to the pyramidical shaped temple top which is a stereotyped feature of the South Indian temples.

There are many stalls selling flowers, puja articles, small idols, musical instruments and jewellery around the temple. [more ]

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