A Divyadesam shrine of Lord Vishnu. Here, Lord Krishna is the principal deity; he is worshipped as Parthasarathy – the charioteer of Arjuna in Mahabharata war.
Besides, the temple has shrines of Lord Narasimha, Lord Rama and Lord Varaha- forms of Dasavatars of Lord Vishnu.
It is built by Pallavas in the 8th century.
This is an ancient centre of Vaishnavite tradition. Three (Peyalwar, Thirumazhisai Alwar and Thirumangai Alwar) of the 12 Nayanmars had sung in praise of Parthasarathy at this temple.
The famous Vaishnava saint Sri. Ramanujacharya was believed to have born after praying to the Lord at this temple.
The original name of the place is Tiruvallikkani.
It is about five kilometers from the Chennai Central, easily accessible both by rail and road.