Aranmula Sree Parthasarathy Temple is one of the most ancient temples of Kerala. It is situated in Aranmula of Pathanamthitta district. The main deity in this temple is Lord Sree Krishna. The term “Parthasarathy” means Arjuna’s Charioteer. Lord Krishna was Arjuna’s Charioteer during Mahabharatha war hence the name. This temple is one among the “Divya Desams”, the 108 temples of Vishnu revered by the 12 poet saints, or Alwars. This temple truly depicts Dravidian architecture style and is one of the most ancient temples in the state. Aranmula “Arattu” festival is the main festival happening in this temple.
This 700 years old temple is believed to have been built by Pandavas. Parthasarathy is the charioteer Krishna who recited Bhagwad Geetha to Arjuna in the battlefield. The temple is on a platform in Pamba River. There are four entrances. The entrance on eastern side has 18 wide steps strong enough for elephants to climb. The temple has 8 tuskers which are housed in temple’s own anakottil, the stable of elephants. The temple is situated on the banks of River Pamba in Aranmula, Pathanamthitta district. It is here that the famous Aranmula boat race is conducted during the time of the Onam festival. The temple has a historic collection of murals by 18th century artists. The Aranmula Vallamkali (boat race) is conducted every year to commemorate the arrival of the idol through water. Krishna’s birthday, Ashtamirohini, is also celebrated in gaiety as a 10-day festival here.