Lord Parthasarthy Temple
Lord Parthasarthy Temple unique shrine of Lord Vishnu with five sanctums is situated in Chennai city, the capital of the southern state of Tamil Nadu.. Each sanctum is dedicated to different forms of the Lord as Sri Parthasarathi, Narasimha, Rama, Ranganatha and Varadaraja. This is one of the 108 Tirupatis of Lord Vishnu, and many sages have worshipped in this shrine and attained mukti (salvation). In Puranic times, this place was known as Vrindaranya or Tulsivanam. Tamil saints like Pey Alwar,
Thirumazhisai Alwar and Thirumangai Alwar have sung in praise of the Lord. The main shrine is dedicated to Lord Venkata Krishnaswami (Parthasarathi). He is standing in the company of Devi Rukmini, Satyaki, Balarama (His brother), Pradyumna (His son) and Aniruddha (His grandson). This rare combination of Sri Krishna's family is revered as the Pancha Veeras.
The processional deity of Sri Parthasarathi is enshrined separately. The bejewelled and captivating idol of the Lord bears arrow marks on His face It is said that these were caused by Bhishma in the battle of Kurukshetra.
Other shrines in the temple Lord Ranganatha is reclining on Adi Sesha with Sridevi and Bhoodevi by His side and Brahma sitting on a lotus flower emanating from the Lord's navel
Yoga Narasimha shrine is facing west. The idols of Sri Varahamurthi and Lord Narasimha are seen facing each other in this sanctum. The processional deity of Yoga Narasimha, known as Thelliya Singhar, is a beautiful and finely decorated image.
A Sudarshana Chakra is also worshipped in the sanctum Lord Rama is worshipped as Chakravarthi Thirumagan as He gave darshan to a Rishi by name Madhuman. He is seated along with His consort Sitadevi and His brothers Lakshmana, Bharata and Shatrugna. The image of Hanuman is installed in a separate shrine facing the sanctum Lord Varadaraja has a separate shrine. He is seated on Garuda as He gave darshan to sage Saptaroma. The sage wanted to have darshan of the Lord as He gave mukti to the elephant Gajendra (known popularly as Gajendra Moksham). The image beautifully depicts this scene.Sri Aandaal, the Alwars and Sri Ramanujacharya are worshipped in separate shrines.
Legend Of Parthasarthy Temple
Once a king by name Sumati, who was a staunch devotee of Lord Vishnu, yearned to have darshan of Sri Parthasarathi, the divine charioteer of Arjuna. Lord Vishnu in a dream directed him to go to Vrindaranya and meditate upon him. Meanwhile, Vedavyasa blessed sage Atreya with a sacred idol of Lord Vishnu with Panchajanyam (Shanku or conch) in His left hand and in the Gnanamudra posture. He brought the idol to Vrindaranya and handed it over to king Sumati.
The king built a proper shrine and consecrated the idol of Lord Parthasarathi.According to another legend, Atri Maharishi did penance in Vrindaranya to have darshan of Lord Narasimha. The sage, who was blessed with an image of Lord Narasimha, installed the idol here. Legend also has it that sage Brighu wished to have Devi Lakshmi as his daughter and came to Vrindaranya and lived near a lily pond here.
With the passsage of time, the sage found a female child in a lily flower and named her Vedavalli. She is Devi Lakshmi incarnate incarnate. The sage brought her up with utmost care and love. As she grew up into a beautiful maiden, Lord Vishnu came in disguise and asked her hand in marriage. He is worshipped as Sri Ranganatha . Devi Lakshmi affectionately called Him Srimannathar . Timings: 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Closed Sundays