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    Devotees of one of Indiai’s oldest temples, the Sri Parthasarathy Swamy
    Temple,Thiruvallikeni, Chennai are up in arms against construction by the
    Hindu Religious & Charitable Endowments (HR&CE) department inside the
    temple prakara. The department laid new granite stones and built a new

    They say that the shed was preventing them from having darshan of the
    Anandha vimanam (tower over the sanctum of Sri Parthasarathy Swamy
    sannidhi), Vedavalli Thayar Vimanam and Varadhar Sannidhi Vimanam over the
    pradakshina course.

    “Having darshan of vimanams is equivalent to having darshan of the
    presiding deity. Now if we want to have darshan of vimanams, we will have
    to go to one of the buildings on the mada veedhis and view them from a
    distance,” said a senior citizen.

    T.R. Ramesh, president, Temple Worshipers Society, and general secretary
    (legal affairs) of Janata Party, said the HR&CE had control only over the
    administration of temple properties and not the idols or jewellery.

    Advocate M. Vivekanandan said the department was not allowed to make any
    new innovations under the HR&CE Act. They can only preserve what is there.
    He said while more recent constructions including the Ripon Building, Fort
    St. George and Victoria Public Hall were being protected as monuments and
    every care was being taken in their maintenance and repairs, nothing has
    been done to preserve this temple, which has been in existence since time

    RTI activist V.S. Rajkumar said over 15,000 residents had signed a petition
    stating that the works must not be taken up. But the department had gone
    ahead and completed the construction.

    The Parthasarathy Temple is an 8th century Hindu Vaishnavite temple
    dedicated to the god Krishna, located at Triplicane, Chennai, India. The
    temple is glorified in the Divya Prabandha, the early medieval Tamil
    literature canon of the Alvar saints from the 6th–9th centuries CE and is
    classified as among the 108 Divya Desams dedicated to Vishnu.

    It was originally built by the Pallavas in the 8th century by king
    Narasimhavarman I. The temple has four of the incarnations or avatars of
    Vishnu: Narasimha, Rama, Varaha and Krishna.

    The temple is one of the oldest structures in Chennai. There are shrines
    for Vedhavalli Thayaar, Ranganatha, Rama, Gajendra Varadharaja Swamy,
    Narasimha, Andal, Anjaneya, Alvars, Ramanuja, Swami Manavala Mamunigal and
    Vedanthachariar. The temple subscribes to Vaikhanasa agama and follows
    Thenkalai tradition. There are separate entrances for the Krishna and
    Narasimha temples. The gopuram (towers) and mandapas (pillars) are
    decorated with elaborate carvings,[a standard feature of South Indian
    Temple Architecture.


    The temple was originally built by the Pallavas in the 8th century,
    subsequently expanded by Cholas and later by the Vijayanagara kings in the
    15th century.The temple has several inscriptions dating from the 8th
    century in Tamil and Telugu presumably from the period of Dantivarman, who
    was a Vishnu devotee. Thirumangai Alvar, the 9th century alvar also
    attributes the building of temple to the Pallava king.

    The temple has two gopurams (tower) each in eastern and western
    directions.The temple has five vimanams namely Anatha Nilaya Vimanam over
    Parthasarathy shrine, Ranganathar Sannathy vimanam, Ramar sannathy vimanam,
    Narasimha sannidhi vimanam and Andal Sannithi vimanam.The temple tank
    called "Thiruallikeni" is derived from the place where Vishnu's consort
    Lakshmi herself was born as Vedavalli to Sage Bhrigu.
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