Pilgrimage Tour

Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple in Pathanamthitta, Kerala

Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple in Kerala is dedicated to Lord Krishna. Devotees fondly call Lord Krishna as Aranmula Sree Parthasarathy at the Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple. According to a mythological story, Shri Krishna rode the chariot of Arjuna aka Partha during Kurukshetra. Hence, he is known as Parthasarathy.

Tamil classic, Divya Prabandha, in his classic that dates back to the 6-9 ninth century, referred to this temple. It is believed that the Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple was constructed near Sabarimala. It is one of the five temples built by the Pandavas in Kerala.

After leaving Hastinapur for pilgrimage, the Pandavas reached River Pampa. These temples were built at that time.

According to legends, Arjuna was built as a penance for killing Karna. There is a sub shrine dedicated to Lord Balarama in the temple.

Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple is Famous For

  • Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple is amongst the 108 Vaishnava temples in the country.
  • The temple demonstrates Kerala style architecture. The entire temple is situated on an elevated platform. Sreekovil with the deity is the vital part of the temple.
  • The temple is famous for its exquisite murals and paintings. These paintings date back to the mid-eighteenth century. The pictures of Dwarapalakas on the doors look surreal.
  • The temple has intricate carvings depicting stories from the Mahabharata and Ramayana.
  • Apart from Shri Krishna, the other deities present at the temple are Yakshi, Sastha, Nagaraja and Balarama.

Festivals/Events Celebrated at Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple in Kerala

Festivals celebrated with grandeur at Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple are:

  • Ashtami Rohini – Lord Krishna’s birthday.
  • A large procession is carried out in the Meenam month.
  • Khandava Dahanam – the festival that shows the fire that occurred at the Khandava forest. It is observed during Dhanus.
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