Hi, I am almost to the end of my wonderful trip in Chennai. The next day we set out after having our breakfast in our hotel. The first destination of the day was the Parthasarathy Temple in Triplicane. The temple was a bit far from our hotel. We enjoyed our ride along the sea with the early morning breeze blowing. We reached the temple to be welcomed by the stream of devotees. This is a very popular place of worship among the local people. Our driver informed us about the importance of this temple in this city and its surroundings. This temple is a Vaishnavite run according to the Hindu rituals. The principal deity of the temple is Krishna. Krishna is known as Parthasarathy as he was the charioteer of Arjuna in the Hindu epic of Mahabharata.
This temple was built in the 8th Century by the rulers of the Pallava dynasty. Hence, this is one of the oldest structures in Chennai. There are five different incarnations of Lord Vishnu in this temple and they are Narasimha, Krishna, Ranganatha, Rama and Varadaraja. The holy tank of the temple comprises of five wells and it is to the opposite direction of the entrance of the temple to the east. There are two main shrines in the temple. We offered our pujas to Lord Krishna by standing in a long queue of devotees. The rich mythology of the country of India can be experienced in this temple. The devotion of the common people to the deities is a spectacle indeed. It was quite a wonderful experience to visit a temple. My friends explained to me the various customs that are practiced.
We sat in the waiting area of the temple and watched the devotees for some time. In spite of there being a large number of people, there was silence in the temple. The discipline maintained by the volunteers of the temple was something to see. The decorum and sanctity of the place was well maintained. We had the prasad served at the temple. After that we moved to our last destination the Government Museum Chennai. The Parthasarathy Temple in Chennai was indeed a holy place to visit.