Triyuginarayan Temple: A Tale Of Lord Shiva And Goddess Parvati’s Marriage
There is a Hindu temple located in Triyuginarayan village in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. The ancient temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is believed that Lord Shiva and Mata Parvati were married in the Triyuginarayan temple.
Lord Vishnu performed the duty of brother of Parvati in this divine marriage, while Brahma became a Priest. A special feature of this temple is a continuous fire, which burns in front of the temple. The flame is believed to burn since the time of the divine marriage. Thus, the temple is also called Akhand Dhuni temple.
Pilgrims carry the ashes of Havan Kund with them and believe that it will make their married life happy. Brahmashila in front of the temple is considered to be the real place of divine marriage. A stream named Saraswati Ganga has originated in the premises of the temple. This fills all the holy ponds near it. The names of the ponds are Rudrakund, Vishnukund, Brahmakund and Saraswati Kund. Bathing in Rudrakund, Marjana (Cleaning) in Vishnukund, Achman in Brahmakund and Tarapan is done in Saraswati Kund.
This temple provides a peaceful and picturesque evening. The beauty of the Triyuginarayan temple is quite cool to the eyes. It is mentioned in the Vedas that this Trioginarayan temple was established in Treta Yuga, while Kedarnath and Badrinath were established in Dwarpara Yuga.
The fire burning inside the temple has been burning for many ages, hence the name of this place became “Triyugi” i.e. fire which has been burning for three ages. Triyuginarayan was the capital of Himavat. Here Lord Vishnu followed all the rituals in the marriage of Shiva Parvati as the brother of Goddess Parvati. While Brahma Ji became a priest in the marriage of Shiva and Parvati Ji.
At that time all saints and monks attended this ceremony. The fixed place of the marriage venue is called Brahm Shila, which is located right in front of the temple. All the Gods also bathed here before marriage and hence there are three Kunds, called Rudra Kund, Vishnu Kund and Brahma Kund.
Here is a temple of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi which is called by Triyuginarayan Temple. There is a belief about this temple that Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati have a deep connection with this temple. This is the place where the marriage of Shiva Parvati took place. There are many pieces of evidence available to prove it.
Lord Vishnu is worshiped in his Vamana form in the Triyuginarayan temple and at the same time the statues of Shri Badrinath, Lord Ramchandra Ji are also present in the sanctum sanctorum. Deepdan (दीपदान) remains unbroken in the temple, near this lamp, there is a statue of Lord Parvati built.
The Havan Kund located in the temple is also ignited continuously, wood, ghee, barley, and sesame are offered in its fire. People use the ashes of this Kund on the forehead which people accept as prasad. There are four pools on the courtyards of the temple known as Brahakund, Rudrakund, Saraswatkund, and Suryakund. There is a tradition of bathing and tarpan in it. It is also believed that the ashes emanating from Havanakund make the married life of devotees happy.
According to another ancient story, King Bali had to perform 100 Yagyas to get Indrasana. The king performed 99 Yagyas, then Lord Vishnu took the Vamana avatar and stopped King Bali, which disrupted the sacrifice of King Bali, therefore Vishnu is worshiped as Vamana deity at this place.
How To Reach Triyuginarayan Temple?
- By Air: The nearest airport is Jolly Grant (233 km) which is located at Dehradun.
- By Train: Rishikesh (219 km) is the nearest railway station.
- By Road: The temple is 12 km away from Sonprayag. Sonprayag is well-connected by road. The Triguninarayan temple is also accessed by trekking.