The Parthasarathy Temple has an idol of Lord Krishna in the form the charioteer of Arjuna, which is also called Parthasarathy. According to a legend, this idol is believed to have been placed in this temple by Adi Shankaracharya. This temple has another famous shrine that is dedicated to Adi Shankaracharya. The structure of this temple is in the shape of a chariot with the many horses. The huge fortifications of the temple are adorned with various images.
Parthasarthy is the oldest temple Hindu Vaishnavite temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna located in the town of Guruvayur in Kerala. It is one of the most important places of worship for Hindus of Kerala and often rendered as Houlka Vaikunda, which means Holy abode of Vishnu on Earth. The temple is in the form of Chariot with many horses and it is also believed that idol is believed to have been placed in this temple by Aid Shankaracharya.
This Temple is the oldest Hindu god with the main deity of Vishnu with four-armed and carrying Chakra, Lotus. The image represents the majestic form of Vishnu revealed to Krishna’s parents Vasudeva and Devaki around the time of the birth of Krishna. The Temple is also known as “Dwarka of South India” due to Krishna’s widespread presence and deity of Lord Krishna is also present in the temple.
The Parthasarthy temple is one of the Divya Desams, the 108 temples of Vishnu as narrated by poets. The architecture is amazing and resembles the Kerala Temple Culture. Parthasarthy is another name of Krishna on account of his role as Arjuna’s Charioteer in the important Krishna temples in Kerala.
The main festival of this temple is Janmashtami, Kumbham Utsavam and Ekadasi. During Ekadasi, processions are taken out in the morning which are accompanied by three caparisoned elephants and returns by noon. Similarly, soon after the Deeparadhan, a beautifully decorated chariot with the idol of Lord Krishna will be taken to the procession from Parthsarthy temple to guruvayur temple and return after completing one Parikrama of the temple.
Guruvayur is famous for various temples, and it is often been called the town of Temples. However famous temples like Guruvayur temple, Parthasarthy Temples are situated in Guruvayur, which is one of the most important pilgrimage towns of India. The temple is under the trusteeship of Guruvayur Devasom, a semi-constitutional body with the Government of Kerala. The Temple still follows strict dress code and non-Hindus are prohibited in the premises.