One of the 108 Temples & Celestial Abodes of Vishnu revered by the Tamil hymns of the Alwars of the 1st millennium CE

Location: Chennai (Triplicane)
Tondai Naadu)
Vishnu: Venkatakrishnaswamy, Parthasarathy, Ranganathar (Vishnu),
Taayaar: Vedavalli,
Paasuram :Tirumangaialwar, Peyalwar, Tirumazhisaialwar
Vimaanam:Ananda Vimanam
Travel Base:Chennai
Description This Divya Desam is located in Tiruvallikkeni ( Triplicane) in  Chennai ; the temple and its tank stand as a standing illustration of the co-existence of the present and the past  in the modern meteropolis of Chennai, as in Tirumayilai. The rapid transport system (railway line) running along the coast of Chennai, bears the ancient name Tiruvallikkeni, on the railway station closest to this ancient temple. The alli flowers in the temple tank lend the name Allikkeni. Tiruvallikkeni is one of the well visited Divya Desams, and is a well known landmark in the Chennai meteropolis. The other important (ancient) temples in and around Chennai are the Tiruvanmyur and the Tiruvotriyur Shivastalams.

Deities: There are five shrines here. The primary sanctum enshrines Venkatakrishnan with Rukmini, Balaraman, Satyaki, Anirudha, Pradyumna - in a standing posture facing east. The Utsavar here is Parthasarathy. Scars from arrows sent from Bheeshma's bow, borne by Krishna, are seen on the image of Krishna. There is a shrine to Ranganathar in a reclining posture; his consort is Vedavalli, in a separate sanctum. There is a shrine to Rama in a standing posture, flanked by Sita, Lakshmana, Bharata, Shatrugna and Hanuman facing east. There is also a shrine to Varadarajan in a seated posture on the Garuda mount facing east. There is also a shrine to Narasimhar in a seated posture facing west. Apart from these, there is a separate shrine for Andal. This is the only shrine among the 108 Divya Desams, where Krishna is seen enshrined with images of his family.

The temple: Inscriptions from the 8th century Pallavas (Tondaiman Chakravarti) are seen in this temple. The Vijayanagar rulers have made endowments here. The temple covers an area of about 1.5 acres, and has two prakarams and a five tiered rajagopuram visible from a distance. The gold image of Tirumaal Nachiyaar, adorning the chest of Venkatakrishnar is a rare work of art. It is believed that Venkateswara of Tirupati manifested himself as Parthasarathy here, and hence the name Venkatakrishnan. This shrine is considered equivalent to Tirupati, and Saturdays in the month of Purattasi are considered sacred here.

Festivals: As in Tirupati, Tirumanjanam is performed on Fridays to Venkatakrishnan. Moolam asterism in the month of Aippasi is considered sacred. The annual Bhrammotsavam is celebrated in the month of Chittirai. The glass palanquin here is of great beauty. Vaikuntha Ekadasi celebrated in Margazhi draws a large number of pilgrims. . Vaikuntha ekadasi is celebrated for 20 days, while the Bhramotsavam is celebrated for 10 days. The float festival is held in the month of Maasi.

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