A distant view of Thiruvallikeni Sri Parthasarathy Temple
A distant view of Thiruvallikeni Sri Parthasarathy Temple

Sri Parthasarathy Temple is situated in Triplicane (Thiruvallikeni) of Chennai in the state of Tamilnadu, dedicated to Lord Vishnu and also one of the 108 Divya Desam Temples. Sri Parthasarathy Temple is believed to be built by the Pallava King Narasimhavarman I and was later contributed by the Chola dynasties and Vijayanagar Kings. This temple is associated with Mahabharatam, one of the two major epics of India, the other one is Ramanayanam. Sri Parthasarathy Temple has two main shrines which house the Lord Parthasarathy facing east, as a main deity in one of its shrine and Lord Narasimha facing west, in the other shrine. Both the sanctum sanctorum are built back-to-back.

It is said that the seven Rishis namely Bhrigu, Atri, Marichi, Markandeya, Sumati, Saptaroma and Jabali have performed penance at this temple. Sri Parthasarathy Temple contains two gopurams (temple tower), one in the east direction and the other in the west direction. The Vimanam (tower above the sanctum sanctorum) of Sri Parthasarathy Temple is called ‘Anandha Nilaya Vimanam’, which is over the shrine of Lord Parthasarathy. And the other sannidhis (sanctum sanctorums) of this temple are Ranganathar Sannidhi, Ramar sannathy, Narasimha sannidhi and Andal Sannidhi.


The presiding deity of this Parthasarathy Temple is Lord Sri Parthasarathy, also named as ‘Lord Sri Venkatakrishnan’ in standing posture, facing towards the east direction and the Goddess is Sri Rukmini Thayaar, the consort of Lord Sri Parthasarathy. The other important deities of this temple are Goddess Sreedevi and Goddess Bhoodevi (festival consort deities), Goddess Vedavalli Thayaar, Lord Ranganatha, Lord Gajendra Varadharaja Swamy, Goddess Andal, Lord Anjaneyar, Lord Ramanuja, Lord Swami Manavala Mamunigal, Lord Vedanthachariar and the Azhwars.

Lord Rama’s shrine is seen along with the deities Goddess Sita Piratti, the consort of Lord Rama, brothers Lakshmana, Bharatha, Shatrughna and primary devotee Lord Hanuman. Sri Parthasarathy Temple houses the image of Five Avatars (incarnations) of Lord Vishnu. The avatars are Narasimhar avatar, Rama avatar, Varadaraja avatar, Ranganathar avatar and Krishna avatar. The Pushkarani of this temple is called Thiruallikeni and it is said that the other five sacred teerthams namely Indra, Soma, Agni, Meena and Vishnu surround the tank. Sri Parthasarathy Temple is glorified in Nalayira Divya Prabandham, the Vaishnava canon, and the hymns were sung by the saints Peyazhwar, Thirumalisai Azhwar and Thirumangai Azhwar.

Pooja Timings

  • Thirumanjana Kudam Pooja – 5.50 A.M.
  • Subrabhadham Pooja- 5.55 A.M.
  • Vishwaroobam Pooja- 6.00 A.M.
  • Thiruvaradhanam Pooja- 6.15 A.M.
  • Kalasanthi Theertham Pooja- 8.00 A.M.
  • Uchikkala Pooja – 11.00 A.M.
  • Thirukkappu (Closing) Pooja – 12.30 P.M.
  • Thirukkappu (Opening) Pooja – 4.00 P.M.
  • Nithya Anusanthanam Pooja – 6.00 P.M.
  • Thiruvaradanam (Night Poojai) Pooja – 7.30 P.M.
  • Arthajamam Pooja – 9.00 P.M.


  • Shri Bhrahma Utsav – April or May
  • Vasanthoutsavam (Spring Festival) – May or June
  • Kodai Utsav (Summer Festival) – June or July
  • Shri Gajendra Motsham and Aadi Pooram – July or August
  • Pavithroutsavam (Thiru Pavithra Utsav) – August or September
  • Navarathiri Festival – September or October
  • Diwali Festival – October or November
  • karthigai Deepam – November or December
  • Shri Vaikunta Ekaadasi – December or January
  • Laksharachana of Shri Parthasarathyswamy Rathasapthami – January or February
  • Thepotsavam (Float Festival) – February or March
  • Panguni Uthram – March or April
By Road

Triplicane and Vivekanandar Illam are the nearest Bus Stands. Triplicane is well connected by roads in the heart of Chennai.

By Train

The nearest stations are Chennai Central station and Egmore railway Stations which is about four Kilo meters from the temple. The temple can also be reached by the Mass rapid Transit System and the Tiruvallikeni MRTS station is only few meters away from the temple

By Air

Meenambakkam Airport is the nearest Airport at a distance of about 25 km, which is a Domestic and International Airport.

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