Parthan Palli Divya Desam is located two km from Thiruvenkadu (Budhan Sthala) about 15 km from Sirkazhi, off the
Poompuhar Road in
Tamil Nadu. Although the main temple is dedicated to Vishnu, the shrine is
popular as it as an exclusive temple in the main complex dedicated to Arjuna of
The shrine belongs to the Mahabharata era and it is believed that Arjuna received advice of
with the help of Sage Agastya.
A thirsty Arjuna, after a long trip, went to Sage Agastya’s ashram looking for water but the Sage’s kamandalam had gone dry. Realising that this was one of Lord Krishna’s acts, sage Agastya directed Arjuna to invoke the blessings of his favourite Lord. Answering Arjuna’s prayers,
Krishnaappeared here as Parthasarathy and presented Arjuna a sword with an instruction to strike the ground. To Arjuna’s surprise, water gushed out helping him quench his thirst. To mark this event, Arjuna is seen with a sword at this divyadesam and the location, south of the temple, where it took place, is now the sacred ‘Katka’ Pushkarani.
The main Western temple tower, Perumal and Thayar vimanams, the sannidhi dedicated to Arjuna, the outer walls and the prakaram have been renovated. In memory of the legend relating to this temple, a separate sannidhi for Sage Agastya has been built with the Vasantha mandapa being the new addition. Madapalli (kitchen) has been fully reconstructed and now looks spacious.
It was at this Divyadesam that Arjuna was initiated into ‘Knowledge Education’ by Lord Parthasarathy to make the former understand who he really was and what his real powers were. Since Arjuna played the role of a student, this temple came to be known after him as ‘Parthan Palli.’ Hence this is a divya desam dedicated to Arjuna. A separate sannidhi for Arjuna, seen alongside
Krishna, is a special feature here.
The Moolavar, Lord Thamaraial Kelvan, is seen in a standing posture facing West. Poigai Azhwar in his Thiruvandhadhi verse makes a reference to this moolavar deity without specifically mentioning Parthan Palli (Tharumanaiye Nokkumon Thaamaraiaal Kelvan).