Monday, 8 June 2015

Parthasarthy Temple in Chennai yields more history

 An inscription of the Chola emperor Rajendra I was recently discovered at the famous Sri Parthasarathy Swamy temple at Triplicane, Tamil Nadu.
  • A mural depicting the Kurukshetra war, a row of horse-drawn chariots and fiercely moustachioed charioteers, all battle-ready discovered.
Parthasarathy Swamy temple:
  • 8th-century Hindu Vaishnavite temple dedicated to Krishna, in Chennai
  • It was originally built by the Pallavas in the 8th century by king Narasimhavarman I.
  • The temple has five of the incarnations or avatars of Vishnu: 
    • Narasimhar, 
    • Ramar, 
    • Varadaraja, 
    • Ranganathar and 
    • Krishna.
  • The temple is glorified in the Divya Prabandha, the early medieval Tamil literature canon of the Alvar saints from the 6th–9th centuries CE
  • Classified as among the 108 Divya Desams dedicated to Vishnu.
  • The name ‘Parthasarathy’, in Sanskrit, means the ‘charioteer of Arjuna’, referring to Krishna’s role as a charioteer to Arjuna in the epic Mahabaratha.
  • The temple is replete with inscriptions of the Pallavas, the Cholas, the Pandyas and the Vijayanagara kings.

By the way - do you know who is Parthasarthy Shome? 

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