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Temple Aranmula Parthasarathy

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Temple Aranmula Parthasarathy is one of the 108 temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the so-called "Divya of Desams". It is located near the small village of Aranmula, which is located in Kerala - the southern state of India. The temple is named after Parthasarathy - charioteer of Arjuna during the Mahabharata war, one of the incarnations of Lord Krishna. This temple is considered one of the most important religious buildings in honour of Krishna, and one of the five ancient shrines in the Chengannur, associated with Mahabharata.

The temple was built on the left Bank of the river Pampa, and has a strict and laconic forms. His age, according to rough estimates, is about 1,700 years.

One of the most noteworthy events that attracts huge number of tourists, is the water festival, which includes boat races, which are held during the season of Oman (August-September). Traditionally, rice, and all the necessary materials for a holiday, bring the inhabitants of the village. It is connected with the legend according to which once upon a time one of its residents fed the hungry traveler, who asked him to bring food and to the temple, and then disappeared. It is believed that this traveller was himself Vishnu.

The same legend explains the appearance of the festival, during which the so-called ballyadams, "snake boats" that needs two hours to cover the distance from the village Chennithala located in the West, until early, in the East of the state. They were named so due to its length, which is more than 31 meters. On each boat there are 4 helmsmen, 100 rowers and 25 singers. They accompany the main "sacred" boat. After a swim in the temple organize a big celebration with treats all comers.