Monday, 7 November 2011

Triyuginarayan Temple

Triyuginarayan Temple is a famous temple at Rudraprayag, devoted to Lord Vishnu.  The temple holds importance as it is considered to be the place where Shiva and Parvati got married. A perpetual fire burns in front of the temple, believed to be the holy fire of their wedding symbolising their eternal love for each other. It is a very special feature of the temple and revered greatly.

The Temple

The temple is built in the same architectural style as the Kedarnath and holds the statue of lord Vishnu, his consort and goddess of wealth, Lakshmi and of Saraswati, the goddess of arts and learning.

The temple also has a Brahma Shila in its premises, which is considered to be the exact spot where the marriage took place.

The temple is also famous for providing marital bliss to its devotees who come to worship here.

There are three water tanks (kund) namely Rudra Kund, Brahma Kund and Vishnu Kund where people usually take bath before visiting the temple. The water of the kunds is supposed to cure infertility.


The temple is accessible thorough a 5 kilometre long trek from Sonprayag.


Parvati was an incarnation of Sati, Shiva’s first wife and the daughter of Himavat, the personification of the Himalayas. Parvati in this life too wanted Shiva as her husband, and tried to attract him through her beauty. When he was not impressed, she underwent a very hard penance, lasting over thousands of years, asking Shiva to marry her. Shiva was finally impressed and requested Parvati to marry him at Guptkashi.

The wedding took place in Triyuginarayan where lord Vishnu participated as Parvati’s brother and Lord Brahma was the presided over the ceremonies. The ceremonies were watched by all the gods and sages of that time. The holy fire of the ceremony is still aflame and will continue burning forever, depicting the love between Shiva and Parvati.


The temple holds special importance for married couples as it is believed to provide marital happiness in the lives of the devotees who come here. The water of the three holy water tanks (kund), situated near the temple, is supposed to cure infertility.

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