The national park in Guindy is the best place to relax during weekends. Next, we made our way to Sri Parthasarathy Temple. We scheduled it in the evening for the timings in the temple. It is located in Triplicane at a distance of about 3.5 km from Egmore.
Sri Parthasarathy Temple is known for its existence during the Pallava period, which was in the eighth century. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is honored as Divya Prabandhams in the mythology.
When we reached the temple in the evening, it was open. I had a good look at the temple, which has two towers called gopurams. The gopuram on the eastern side is believed to have been built by the ancient emperor Thondaman Chakravarthy. The other gopuram is on the western side at Narasimhar sannadhi. There are also five ‘shikara’ or ‘vimana’ called Ranganathar Sannidhi vimana, Ramar Sannidhi vimana, Anatha Nilaya vimana, Andal Sannidhi vimana, and Narasimha Sannidhi vimana.
There is a holy tank, which is considered to have five sacred wells in it. It has a lot of prominence in the temple for the Goddess Mahalakshmi is believed to be born in a lily flower in this place to Sage Bhrigu. People believe that the name of the place Tiruvallikkeni is derived from this.
We entered the temple and walked to the main shrine facing east, where the Lord Sri Parthasarathy is accompanied by Rukmani, Balarama, Satyaki, Pradyumna and Aniruddha. We walked around the temple stopping at every shrine dedicated to Sri Raama, Sri Gajendra Varadharaajar, Sri Yoga Narasimha, Sri Ranganaatha, and Sri Vedavalli Thaayaar.
We prayed for our well being and waited for the pooja, “Nithya Anusanthanam”. I was intrigued by the architecture of the temple in the ‘Mahamandapam’ and ‘Thiruvaimozhi Prabandamandapam’, which depicted the art in the Pre-Pallava period. There is a big Kalyana mandapam, meaning marriage hall, where marriages are conducted.
Nevertheless, Sri Parthasarathy Temple carries the age-old history of the place with its shrine. There were some renovations made though they didn’t belong to the main shrine. With a lot of devotion and the blessings of the Lord we returned to our room. For my kids, it was a new experience as they have never been to a temple like this before.