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Thread:Indian Heritage ArchitectureViews: 455
Nov 06, 2007 7:45 am re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: Thread:Indian Heritage Architecture
Shobha(usha) gowri Another temple sri Parthasarathy temple in Chennai -a divya desam The temple is in Triplicane which is Thiru Vellikeni /Thiru alli because of the lotus-lily blooms in the tank a href="http://tinypic.com" target="_blank">Image and video hosting by TinyPic I am copying out info from Wiki bec the info is perfect- The presiding deity of this temple is Sri Venkata Krishna swamy. This deity is also called Geeta Charya The idol had a A conch in its right hand and the Gnana Mudra, (indication of knowledge) pointing to his holy feet signifying the highest idol of teaching, the essence of the Geetha. Lord Venkateswara promised King Sumathi that he would give darshan as Lord Parthasarathy. In order to keep the promise, the Lord Venkateswara appeared as Lord Parthasarathy. Sage Athreya had installed the idol of Lord Parthasarathy Swami. Legend has it that the parents of the great SriVaishnava acharya, Sri Ramanuja came to this temple and prayed to the Lord for a son and eventually the great acharya was born. It is also believed that the great saint Sri Ramanuja is none other than the Lord Parthasarathy himself who was born to revive the Vishistadvaitha. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Krishna was the charioteer for Arjuna during the Mahabharata war when he gave the Hindu holy book of Bhagavad Gita. The most amazing part of it is- the main deity, Sri Parthasarathy's face is full of scars created by the arrows of the Great Bhishma in the Kurukshetra war. Other unusual things about this deity are that He is seen with a moustache and without his weapon Chakra. Image and video hosting by TinyPic The reason attributed is that He promised not to take weapons in the Mahabharatha war and hence he has only his conch. As He was the charioteer He sported the moustache keeping with the tradition. The UTSAVAR (the procession deity, usually made of metal instead of stone) also has only a stick and not his mace as found with others. This is because the Lord was born in a cowherd clan. Theh Narasimhar and the Ranganatha here are very unique too . Next time round you are in Chennai-do combine the beach visit with a visit to the Parthasarathy temple

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