A lot of hidden treasures may be found at Uttarakhand’s sacred temples. The Triyuginarayan or Trijugi Narayan temple is located in Uttarakhand’s Rudraprayag Region and is devoted to Lord Vishnu as the preserver. At 1,980 meters above sea level, this position provides panoramic views of the picturesque Garhwal region’s snow-capped mountains. Triyuginarayan temple is built in the same style as the Kedarnath shrine.
A permanent fire burns in front of the temple, which is a unique characteristic of this temple. The flame is said to have been burning since the celestial union of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Due to this ever lightning flame, the temple is also known as the Akhand Dhuni temple.
Due to its tremendous religious importance, Triyuginarayan Temple is gradually becoming one of the most popular wedding venues. Most of Uttarakhand’s main towns and cities are well connected to Triyuginarayan Temple. It’s only 12 kilometers from Kedarnath’s main road.
REASON BEHIND THE NAME “TRIYUGINARAYAN”
The name Triyuginarayan consists of three parts TRI, YUGA, NARAYAN.
YUGA- The period of time which according to Hindu Philosophy denotes an era within cycles of four ages.
NARAYAN- Another name for Lord Vishnu
Since the three Yugas, pilgrims have been presenting wood to the fire in the Havana-kund (fireplace) — thus the name “Triyugi Narayan.”
MYTHOLOGICAL LEGEND BEHIND TRIYUGINARAYAN
This revered site is believed to witness the marriage ceremony of Lord Shiva and his divine consort ‘Goddess Parvati’ around three Yuga ago.
Goddess Parvati was the daughter of Himavat- the personification of the Himalayas and Triyuginarayan is considered as his capital. During the Satya Yuga, it was the site of Shiva and Parvati’s heavenly marriage, which was seen in the presence of the holy fire that now burns forever in front of the temple in a Havana-Kund or Agni-Kund, a four-cornered ground fireplace. The creator-god Brahma served as the priest of the wedding, which was observed by all the sages of the period. Vishnu formalized the union and functioned as Parvati’s brother in the rites.
Inside the Triyuginarayan Temple
The Triyugninarayan architectural style of the Triyuginarayan temple is similar to that of the Kedarnath temple, which attracts a large number of worshipers. Inside the temple, you can see a silver 2-foot picture of deity Vishnu (Narayana), together with his consorts — Goddess Lakshmi and goddess of music and learning Saraswati.
The Havana-kund with the perpetual flame that witnessed Shiva and Parvati’s wedding is located in front of the temple. Devotees light samidha (wooden sacrifice offerings) and collect the ashes as blessings. The Brahma Shila, located in front of the temple, is said to be the precise location of the celestial union.
Saraswati Ganga, a water stream begins in the temple’s courtyard. It overflows all of the holy ponds in the area. Near the temple are the holy ponds of Rudra Kund, Vishnu Kund, Brahma Kund, and Saraswati Kund, serving different purposes. Bathing is done in Rudra Kund, cleaning is done by Vishnu, drinking is done by Brahma, and libations are offered by Saraswati.
Adi Shankaracharya is thought to have constructed it.
WEATHER AT TRIYUGINARAYAN TEMPLE
Situated at a higher altitude amidst the Himalayan ranges, Triyuginarayan experiences pleasant climatic conditions throughout the year. The temperature of here between from 1°C to 10°C in the winter season and the temperature in the summer season is between 15°C to 25°C. In the winter season, the entire region is covered with heavy snowfall.
BEST TIME TO VISIT TRIYUGINARAYAN
The summer months of April to June, when the temperature ranges from 20 to 36 degrees Celsius, are regarded to be one of the most popular pilgrimage seasons, with the temples packed with worshippers and pilgrims. As the region is covered with a thick layer of snowfall during the winter season, it’s a bit difficult to trek in the slippery trail. It is recommended to avoid visits during the monsoon season as there are threats of landslides.
TREK FROM KEDARNATH TO TRIYUGINARAYAN
If you are someone who loves trekking and witnessing nature’s beauty all around, you can opt for trekking from Kedarnath. The trip from Kedarnath Temple to Triyuginarayan is around 25 kilometers. A 5 km trek can be taken from Ghuttur Kedarnath Road.
Another popular trekking route is from Mussoorie to Tehri, Mala (road point), Belak, Budakedar-Ghuttu-Panwali Kanta, Triyuginarayan, and Kedarnath, passing through Tehri, Mala (road point), Belak, Budakedar-Ghuttu-Panwali Kanta, Triyuginarayan, and Kedarnath. This journey takes 17 days.
WHERE TO STAY AT TRIYUGINARAYAN
You can find various guest houses managed by GMVN. These guest houses are filled with all the basic amenities to make your stay a comfortable one. There are options for homestays as well. You can also find lodges at Sonprayag and Guptkashi.
You can also book state government guest houses maintained and authorised by GMVN i.e. Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam Limited link is given below
WHAT IS TRIYUGINARAYAN FAMOUS FOR?
This revered site has become popular as a wedding destination. Also, it is a revered site dedicated to Lord Vishnu. You can also visit here to do a trek.
HOW TO REACH TRIYUGINARAYAN?
BY AIR: The nearest airport is Jollygrant Airport situated 226 km away from Sonprayag. You can book a cab to reach Sonprayag. After Sonprayag, at a distance of 12km, you can reach Triyuginarayan via a well-connected road.
BY RAIL: The nearest railway station is “Rishikesh Railway station, situated 212 km away from Sonprayag. After stepping out you can book a cab to Triyuginarayan or via bus you can reach Rudraprayag. From where you can again opt for the bus to Gaurikund which is just 8 km away from Sonprayag.After Sonprayag, at a distance of 12km, you can reach Triyuginarayan via a well-connected road.
BY ROAD- Triyuginarayan is well connected with a motorable road. You can book a cab or taxi to directly reach here.