We stopped for a while to have a cup of tea and snack at a shop and proceeded to our next destination. Chennai is well-known for the ancient temples with beautiful Dravidian architecture. Some are centuries old and captivate the tourists with their excellent sculptures and architecture. Parthasarathy Temple, Chennai is one among them, which was built in the 8th century by the Pallava rulers. It is dedicated to Lord Krishna and has five incarnations of Lord Vishnu. ‘Partha’ means Arjuna and ‘Sarathy’ means charioteer, so Parthasarathy means charioteer of Arjuna. In the epic Mahabharata, Lord Krishna played the role of a charioteer for Arjuna during the war between Kauravas and Pandavas. The temple is located in Triplicane and easily reachable from all parts of Tamil Nadu.
The temple is open for the devotees from 5.30 to 12 noon and from 4.00 pm to 9.00 pm on all days of the week. We reached the temple in the morning at 8 am. There are two gopurams for the temple, one facing the east and the other facing the west. They are well decorated with beautiful figures and sculptures. The temple tank is considered very sacred as it is believed that Goddess Lakshmi was born here as Vedavalli, daughter to the sage Bhrigu. It has five wells.
There are many other shrines in the temple dedicated to Rama, Ranganatha, Gajendra Varadar, Hanuman, Andal, and so on. There are two main shrines in the temple, placed back to back. One faces the east and consists of Parthasarathy with his consort Rukmini. To his right is his brother Balarama. Other deities inside the main sanctum are those of Pradhuymna, who is the son of Krishna, and Aniruddha, grandson of Krishna. No doubt, this is one temple where one can see Lord Krishna with his family. The Lord is in standing posture and has a moustache. The shrine of Vedavalli is placed near the main sanctum. Later, we moved on to the shrine of Narasimha, facing the west. It has separate entrance and we saw that the deity is in the sitting posture. It was a very different experience, praying at the temple.
Coming out of the temple, we went to the nearby restaurant and had breakfast and hot coffee.