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Parthasarathy Temple


The Parthasarathy Temple situated at Triplicane, Chennai is a Hindu Vaishnavite temple dedicated to Lord Krishna. Spread over an area of 1.5 acre, the temple was built by Pallavas in the 8th century. A shrine dedicated to Lord Krishna, houses four incarnations of Lord Vishnu worshiped with the name ‘Parthasarathy’ which means ‘charioteer of Arjuna’.

One of the oldest structures of Chennai, the temple is famous for its inscriptions which highlight the contributions of Chola King, Pandya King and rulers of Vijaynagar Dynasty. For a short while, the temple was under the administration of East India Company.

Some of the structures at the temple are a true example of outstanding architecture. To name a few are the two towers in the eastern and western direction, the five towers and the temple tank comprising of five wells lying opposite to the temple entrance. The two main shrines at the temple are dedicated to Lord Vishnu and the other to Lord Narsimha. It also comprises of shrines dedicated to Ranganatha and Ramar, Lord Rama and his entire family. Thepotsavam is the main festival in the honour of Lord Parthasarathy and draws a large number of pilgrims.

With the worship of Lord Krishna in the state of Chennai, the place is regarded as South Vrindavan.

Best time to visit

The ideal time to visit Chennai is November to February.


The temple is one of the few shrines in India dedicated to Lord Krishna as Parthasarathy, the charioteer of Arjuna, and to hold idols of three avatars of Vishnu: Narasimha, Rama, and Krishna.


The temple remains open throughout the year, from 5:30 am to 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

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