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Triyuginarayan Temple

The Ideal Location for Wedding Festivities

 
  Triyuginarayan Temple decorated for marriage

Uttarakhand is revered as one of the best destinations in the world for its serene beauty and scenic locations. Apart from this, what sets Uttarakhand apart is the religious inheritance that comes with the famous religious temples located in the state. While most of the people are aware about Chaardham, Uttarakhand is a hidden treasure for various religious shrines.

 
  Satpal Maharaj, Tourism, Cultural and Irrigation minister, Uttarakhand

One such venerated temple is the Triyuginarayan or Trijugi Narayan temple dedicated to the preserver, Lord Vishnu located in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. This picturesque place is perched at an elevation of 1,980 m above sea level and offers panoramic views of snow covered mountains of the beauteous Garhwal region. The architecture of the temple resembles to that of Kedarnath shrine. This temple is the source of spirituality for both Shaiv and Vaishnav community.

Tourism Minister, Satpal Maharaj highlighting the importance of the temple, said “Religious tourism has always been the main source of attraction for tourists. Triyuginarayan temple is one of the valuable religious heritage of Uttarakhand. The temple is emerging as one of the main wedding destinations in Uttarakhand due to its historical importance and sanctity. We would appeal people to visit and experience the glorious aura of the temple.”

This temple is famous as the site where Lord Shiva married Goddess Parvati. An eternal flame burning in front of the temple is said to have been a witness to this notable wedding. Its sanctum houses a silver idol of Lord Vishnu, accompanied by idols of Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Badrinarayan, Goddess Sita, Lord Ramachandra and Lord Kubera. The Brahma shila in front of the temple marks the exact place of the wedding. Four sacred ponds called the Rudra Kund for bathing, Vishnu Kund for cleansing, Brahma Kund for sipping water and Saraswati Kund for offering libations are also located in the temple premises.

Apart from the religious importance, the temple is also emerging as the famous wedding destination for couples all around the world. It is believed that couples who solemnize their weddings at the temple have the divine bond of seven births. Pratishtha and Deepak, a couple from Mumbai says “Although we’re not from Uttarakhand, but we have always been mesmerized by the beauty of the state. We are planning to get married in the Triyuginarayan temple of Uttarakhand next year and will look into the planning part soon”.

The temple is situated 12 kilometres from Sonprayag via a motorable road. Alternatively, tourists can take a short trek of 5 km through Sonprayag on the Guttur - Kedarnath bridle path that crosses through a thick forest. The trekking distance from Kedarnath Temple to Triyuginarayan is about 25 kilometres.

 

(For full story read SAFARI INDIA)