In the middle of Chennai lies Triplicane, a beautiful place that overflows with rich traditional, religious and cultural activities and is usually teeming with shoppers and worshippers. It is known as one of the oldest business districts in South India, but perhaps it is more famous due to the fact that it holds one of the oldest temples in Chennai, the Parthasarathy Temple. The temple name comes from the ancient story where the Lord Krishna took the role of a chariot. The word “Parthasarathy” means, the charioteer of Arjuna in Sanskrit. The true age of the temple is unknown, but it is believed to have existed for over 1200 years and was said to be the works of Alwar saints. Covering about 1.5 acres in the ancient Tiruvallikkeni Village, it directly faces the Lily pond where the village name is derived from.
The temple complex has so many interesting areas and features. The towers and the pillars are all adorned with intricate carvings. One [Read more…]