The Partasarathy Temple is located in the Tiruvallikeni (Triplicane) area of Chennai city. The temple is considered be the oldest of its kind in the Chennai city. The temple origins date back to the 8th century A.D., the reference of which has been given in the Vaishnavite works of the Alwar saints. The Parthasarathy Temple bears impressions of the popular historic dynasties like Pallavas, Cholas and Vijaynagar.
Parthasarathy temple was originally built by the Pallavas. The temple saw its renovation by later dynasties, including the Chola and the Vijaynagar kingdom. Parathasarathy temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. The name Parthasarathy has been derived from two Sanskrit words Partha and Sarathy. The former word refers to Arjuna and the later means Charioteer. The temple architectures is a medley of temple building style. There are inscriptions of the Pallavas, Cholas and the Vijaynagar kingdom on the temple structure.The temple besides being dedicated to Parthasarathy, is also revered for Venkatakrishnaswami and to Ranganathar. The temple, when it was built, housed five avataras of the deity Vishnu. The structure, as it stands today, houses the shrines of poular deities like Venkatakrishnan with Rukmani, Balaraman, Satyaki, Anirudha, Pradyumna, Rama, Lakshmana, Barata, Sita, Shatrugna, Varadarajan and Hanuman.
During festival days the place is given a new look and accompanied by various traditional rites. The floating mirror palanquin which is brought out, to pay homage to Parthasarathy is one such traditional practice. The tradition followed a good 135 years of practice and was temporarily stopped, following the deterioration suffered by the palanquin.