July 12, 2010

Parthasarathy Temple, Guruvayur, Kerala, India

Apart from the popular Guruvayurappan temple and Mammiyoor Shiva temple, Guruvayur town in Kerala also houses another small ancient temple named Parthasarathy temple. The name 'Parthasarathy' means 'chariot driver of Partha (Arjun)' - Lord Krishna. There is a famous temple for Lord Parthasarathy temple in Triplicane, Chennai. Even though the Parthasarathy temple of Guruvayur is not as famous as the Chennai Parthasarathy temple, it is very popular within Guruvayur/Thrissur region.

Parthasarathy temple is located very near to the Guruvayurappan temple in Guruvayur town. It is situated to the north of the sacred banyan tree Manjulal of Guruvayurappan temple. This temple was formerly called Thiruthiyil Thevar and was located amidst fields from three sides and the banks of a river. Thiruthiyil Thevar later on came to be named as Parathasarathy. The followers of Sri Shankaracharya finished the work of this temple and were also responsible for allocating the idols of Lord Krishna in the temple. Hence, it is believed that this temple is at least 2500 years old (Adi Shankaracharya's period).

The beautiful idol of the main deity of the temple, Lord Parthasarathy resembles the idol of Guruvayurappan. The temple also houses other shrines such as Ganesha and Bhagavathi.

When you visit Guruvayur, don't miss to visit this temple.

Happy travelling.

Site Name: Parthasarathy Temple
City Name: Guruvayur
Location: 29 kms from Thrissur, Kerala state, India
Nearest Railway Station: Guruvayur
Nearest Airport: Cochin (around 90 kms)
How to reach: Easily reachable by road and train
Hotel: A lot of luxury hotels and budget hotels are available in Guruvayur
Restaurants: There are a lot of good restaurants in Guruvayur

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1 comment:

  1. Good information though, Adi Shankara's period stated by you is a wild imagination. He belongs to 8/9th century AD.