Sri Parthasarathy Temple – Thiruvallikeni (Triplicane), Chennai

Presiding Deity:       Venkatakrishnan
Goddess Mother:     Rukmini
Lord :     Sri Parthasarathy
Goddess Mother:      Sridevi Bhoodevi
Place :     Thiruvallikeni (Triplicane)
Separate temple for:      Vedavalli
Importance:      One of the 108 Divyadesas
Holy spring :     Kairavini
Vimanam (tower) :     Aanandanilayam
District:      Chennai


thiruvallikeni-topPraying to Lord Narasimha in the temple, the devotee is endowed with wisdom along with good children, happy wedding and family prosperity.

Prayer commitments:

Decorating the Lord with sari, offering sugar pudding (Sarkarai Pongal).


Parthasarathi Laksharchana (chanting the names of Lord one lakh times) 10 days in February draws a huge crowd. Brahmmotsavam 10 days in April, Vaikunta Ekadasi in December-January are the important festivals in the temple. Almost every day is a festival day.

Sri Ramanuja, the founder of Vaishnava School of thought, Peyazhwar, Thirumangai Azhwar, Thirumazhisai Azhwar have praised the Lord in their hymns.


thiruvallikeni-aParthasarathy: In his mission to establish Dharma on Earth, Lord Krishna was the charioteer for Arjuna in the Kurukshetra war between the Pandavas and the Kaurvas and absorbed the arrows aimed at Arjuna by Bhishma. The scars caused by the arrows could be seen in the face of the Lord here. The Lord assumed the name Parathasarathy, meaning the charioteer of Partha (Arjuna). The temple is also so named. Mahakavi Subramanya Bharathi, Thyaga Brahmam, Muthuswami Dishithar are other noted scholars singing the praise of Lord Parthasarathy. Bharathi’s Kannan songs represent only Parthasarathy, according to research scholars. Bharathi was a daily visitor to the temple. Great Carnatic Music scholar Thyagaraja Swamigal, India’s great spiritual ambassador Swami Vivekananda, Maths genius Srinivas Ramanujam, great political leader Satyamurthi had visited the temple offering their prayers.

Mother Goddess Vedavalli has a separate temple within the temple. The Lord came here to wed the goddess, according to the scriptures.

thiruvallikeni-bThis is a temple, where one could see five Perumals of five shrines, Sri Rangam, Tirupathi, Kancheepuram, Ahobilam and Ayodhya. They are housed separately in the temple and there are separate festivals for each Lord. There will be one festival or other in the temple throughout the year.


The Lord is in a standing pose facing east holding his divine conch Panchajanya in the right hand and the left showing his feet known as Gnana Mudra. He is the teacher of the celebrated Bhagwat Gita; The Lord is 9 feet tall with a long moustache of a soldier driving the chariot of Arjuna. There are war scars on the face. The presiding deity was given to Rishi Athreya by Bagwan Vyasa for installation in the temple.

thiruvallikeni-cGroundnut oil and chillies are not used in the preparations offered to the Lord as Nivedhana. The place was once a forest of Tulsi plants. The temple is more than 2000 years old. Pallavas and Chola Kings contributed greatly for the renovation of the temple from time to time.

General information:

The temple is situated in the heart of Chennai city. There are convenient lodges in Triplicane for staying with families, charges ranging from Rs. 200 to Rs. 800. No problem about conveyance as plenty of buses is available to the temple from all corners of the city. Also electric train facility. Egmore and Chennai Central are the nearest railway stations, the airport Chennai.


thiruvallikeni-dKing Sumathi wanted to see Lord Venkatesa in Tirupathy in the form of Lord Krishna. To please his devotee, the Lord appeared in this shrine as Parthasarathy,. As per his promise, the Lord holds no weapon in his hand but only his conch Panchajanya. He was the charioteer for Arjuna in the Mahabharatha war and absorbed the arrows of Bishma targeting Arujuna These scars are still visible in the face of the Lord.

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