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Sri Parthasarathy Swami Thirumanjanam

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The Parthasarathy Temple is an 8th century Hindu Vaishnavite temple dedicated to Lord Krishna, located at Triplicane, Chennai, India. It is one among the 108 divyadesams or holy abodes of Lord Vishnu. The name 'Parthasarathy', in Sanskrit, means the 'charioteer of Arjuna', and Lord Krishna is worshipped in that role in this temple.

It was originally built by the Pallavas in the 8th century by king Narasimhavarman. One of the distinguishing features of is that it has four of the incarnations or avatars of Vishnu: Narasimha, Rama, Varaha and Krishna.

The temple is one of the oldest structures in Chennai. There are shrines for Sri Vedhavalli Thayaar, Sri Ranganatha, Sri Rama, Sri Gajendra Varadharaja Swamy, Narasimha, Sri Andal, Sri Anjaneya, Alwars, Ramanuja, Swami Manavala Mamunigal and Vedanthachariar. There are separate entrances for Lord Parthasarathy and Lord Narasimha.

According to Hindu Puranas, Lord Krishna was the charioteer for Arjuna during the Mahabharata war when he gave the Hindu holy book of Bhagavad Gita. Hence, the God, Sri Parthasarathy's face is full of scars created by the arrows of the Great Bhishma in the Kurukshetra war. Other interesting thing is that, God Krishna is seen with a moustache and without his weapon Chakra. The reason attributed is that he promised not to take weapons in the Mahabharatha war and hence he has only his conch. As He was the charioteer He sported the moustache keeping with the tradition. The UTSAVAR also has only a stick and not his mace as found with others. This is because the Lord was born in a cowherd clan.

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  1. bloodmanian
    2 years, 2 months ago

    What an amazing prayer. 10 minutes extra must be taken to preach our sastras and dharmas in all temples to let the hindus who they are how important our dharma and what we have to do to save and preach the hindu culture. All temples must have a Bhaktharhal sangam and it must meet every month for the welfare of the temple and all devotees must subscribe and attend meetings
  2. viramutho
    2 years, 6 months ago

    Thank You great work
  3. Pita dasa ACBSP
    2 years, 7 months ago

    In his Tiruvaymoli (5.2.1), a section of the Divya-prabandha, Nammalvar speaks about a vision he had:

    poliga poliga poliga! poyitru valluyir ccapam
    naliyum naragamum nainda namanukkingu yadonrum illai
    kaliyum kedum kandu kolmin kadalvannan budangal manmel
    maliya ppugundisai padi adi ulidara kkandom

    "Victory ! Victory ! Victory ! I behold something wonderful: all the inauspiciousness of the living entities is destroyed, no one is going to hell, Yamaraja has no more any work, and the effects of Kali yuga ceased to exist. This is because all over the world an increasing number of Lord Visnu's devotees sing His names while dancing and playing musical instruments.
  4. Pita dasa ACBSP
    2 years, 7 months ago


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