Parthasarathy Temple Triplicane

Parthasarathy Temple, Triplicane, Chennai. The main deity, Lord Krishna, is found only with the conch and without his discus, by his vow to be unarmed during the battle. The main deity here is seen with a mustache, marking him out as a charioteer. The Utsava deity is seen bearing the scars of injuries and pit marks caused by multiple arrows shot at him during the battle.  This temple is one of the 108 Divya Desams (holy abodes of Lord Vishnu).  The Lord is here with His Consort Rukmini, brother Balarama, younger brother Satyaki, son Pradyumna, and grandson Aniruddha.

Parthasarathy Temple Triplicane History

It is believed that this temple was built by the Chola King, Sumati Raja Chola. Chola King was an ardent devotee of Sri Venkateswara Swamy of Tirumala and wanted to see Lord Venkateswara as Krishna. The main deity in this temple is Sri Venkata Krishna. There is an edict in the temple dated 808 A.D., signifying a grant by Pallava King Nandi Varman. From the inscriptions on the temple walls, it is known that this temple received grants from the Vijayanagar Kings.

There are separate shrines for Sreemath Nandan, Narasimha, Sri Rama, Gajendra Varada, Vedavalli Nachiyar and Andal within the temple complex.

Parthasarathy Temple Triplicane Timings

  • Morning Hours: 5:50 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
  • Evening Hours: 4:00 p.m.–9 p.m.
  • Dress Code: Any decent outfit
  • Darshan waiting time: 30–45 minutes.

Legend associated with Parthasarathy Temple Tank

The Tamil name Thiru Alli Keni is translated to become triplicane. The prefix Thiru is sacred. Keni is the name for a tank. A flower creeper is Alli. Maybe there once were flower creepers in the tank in front of the temple. ‘Alliankothai’ is the name of the goddess here.
The reason the place is called Thiruvallikeni could therefore be that the ‘keni’ (tank) was filled with water-bearing springs blessed by Goddes Thiruvalli. It is stated that once upon a time, the entire area was a Thulasivanam, with this tank serving as its center. Brindaranyam was the name given to it (Brinda, meaning Thulasi).

It is said that this tank is free of fish. An interesting tale explains this peculiar incident.
On the banks of the Go-Mathi river, a rishi by the name of Muthkalar (son of Kanva Maharishi) was once performing penance. Kokilar, Gautamar, Kadhakar, Vimalar, and Vidurar were the five rishis who were traveling to the Kairaveni tank one day when Bhrighu Maharishi was performing intense penance to become Lord Sriman Narayana.

Muthkalar, whom they met, joined them as well. He began his penance as soon as he arrived in Brindaranyam. He opened his eyes and took a quick look at the water in the tank one day. He observed a large fish happily swimming around in the water with a large group of relatives.
The rishi asked the fish to leave the tank and find another location because he thought their playing would divert his attention. Failure to which the rishi said they would be dead when the sun rose in the morning. The fish fled the tank upon hearing this, allowing the rishi to continue his prayers in peace. According to legend, even today, the fish avoid the tank because of the rishi’s wish.

Temple Address

  • Arulmigu Parthasarathy Swamy Temple,
  • Triplicane, Chennai, Pin Code: 600005.

How to reach Parthasarathy Temple Triplicane?

By Air

  1. The nearest airport is at Chennai, which is 18.5 km away.

By Train

  1. Chennai is well connected with all parts of India. From Chennai Central Railway station the temple is 4.3 km away.

By Bus

  1. Chennai is well connected with all parts of Tamil Nadu and with neighboring states.

Parthasarathy Temple Triplicane

Reference Link: Temple History


  1. I’m blessed to visit this temple…. Soon after my first visit I got a better placement by Lord parathasarthi

  2. When is Krishna Jayanthi

  3. Lord parthasarathy is very greatful god. Very blessing and one important here is sriRanganathan is very very blessing.

  4. Hi all, any info on Anna Prashant conducted at the temple, as v have to take our twin girl babies for anna Prashan at the temple

  5. Dear Sir/madam,
    Ok sir, for further details please contact 9393939150.
    Thank you.