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61/365 – Parthasarathy Temple

Proper name: Parathasarathy Thirukoil
Country: India
State: Tamil Nadu
Location: Chennai
Primary Deity: Parthasarathy (Lord Krishna)
Architectural styles: Dravidian architecture
Date built: 8th century AD
Creator: Pallavas

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 I. 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. The gopuram (towers) and mandaps (pillars) are decorated with elaborate carvings, a standard feature of South Indian Temple Architecture.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parthasarathy_Temple

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