Parthasarathy Temple, Chennai

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The Parthasarathy Temple is dedicated to the Hindu God Krishna and is in Triplicane in Chennai. The temple is believed to have been built in the 8th century and has been mentioned in glorifying terms in the works of the Alvar saints.

Parthasarthy is a Sanskrit word that mean ‘charioteer of Arjuna’. Lord Krishna played the part of Arjuna’s charioteer during the epic battle of Mahabharata. The temple to Lord Krishna in Triplicane was commissioned by the King Narasimhavarman I. Within the temple are housed the different avatars of Lord Vishnu; Krishna, Narasimha, Rama and Varaha. There are separate entrances for the shrines of Lord Rama and Lord Narasimha.

The temple is famous as being the oldest structure in Chennai. Many tourists throng to the temple because of this reason. Besides this, the temple is also famous for the beautiful and intricate carvings on the towers and pillars that are a part of the temple.

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