Triyuginarayan Temple, also known as Trijuginarayan Mandir is located a short distance from Sonprayag on the Kedarnath route This ancient temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is visited by a large number of devotees. Triyuginarayan Village is situated at an altitude of about 6500 feet above sea level and is surrounded by forests.
Marriage Venue of Mahadev and Parvati
After Mata Sati ended Her life in the sacrificial fire of Daksha Prajapati’s Yagya, She was reborn as Uma ( Parvati) in the mountain kingdom of Himavan and Maina. Narada Muni foretold She would be wed to Mahadev but needed to perform severe and long penances to obtain Him. Mata Parvati came to the place now known as Gaurikund, about 5 km from Triyuginarayan to begin Her Penance. After long years of austerities, Mahadev was pleased and agreed to marry Parvati. The place where they got married is now known as Triyuginarayan Village, situated at the meeting point of the Mandakini and Son-Ganga rivers. It is believed to have been the capital of Himavan’s kingdom.
Triyuginarayan Temple Wedding Cost – A Celestial Wedding
Mahadev agreed to the marriage, and the time and date were fixed by the Saptarishis. This was a joyous occasion for all the Devi – Devtas and particularly for Lord Brahma and Vishnu. All had arrived for the occasion. It is written in the Ramayana that Mahadev’s Baraat consisted of such frightening creatures that the residents of Himavan’s kingdom ran for their lives! They returned only after they were assured the creatures only looked frightening and were harmless.
Lord Vishnu took on the role of Parvati’s brother and made all arrangements. Lord Brahma Himself, was the priest who formalized the wedding.
The fire in the Havan- Kund (Agni Kund) that was lit for the wedding still burns till today. Agnidev Himself was present in the fire on the wedding day and chose to abide here forever. Because of this, Triyuginarayan Temple is also known as Akhanda Dhuni Mandir.
Brahma Shila and the Four Kunds
There is a rock in front of the temple that is believed to be the exact spot of the wedding ceremony. The rock is known as Brahma Shila. There are four sacred Kunds near the temple. These are – Rudra Kund, Vishnu Kund, Brahma Kund and Saraswati Kund. Water from Saraswati Kund which originated from Lord Vishnu’s navel flows into the other three Kunds. It is believed all the Devtas bathed in these Kunds before the wedding.
The temple as seen today was built by Adi Shankaracharya and resembles Kedarnath Temple. In the sanctum is enshrined a silver Murti of Lord Vishnu, about two feet in height. Also enshrined are the Murtis of Lakshmi Mata and Saraswati Mata. The Akhand Dhuni is in front of the temple where devotees add small pieces of wood as an offering. Many couples from across India come to Triyuginarayan Temple to get married.
How to reach Triyuginarayan Temple
The temple is about 5 km from Sonprayag on the Kedarnath route and also the same distance from Gaurikund. There is a motorable road from Sonparayag which is about 12 km long. The trek from Sonprayag through forests and the enchanting countryside is about 5 km.
Rishikesh is the nearest railway station, about 215 km away.
Dehradun Airport is the nearest airport, about 231 km away.
Where to stay
There are a number of hotels, dharamshalas and guest houses in Sonprayag, Gaurikund, Guptkashi, Phata and more.
Visit the https://yatradham.org/ website to know more and book rooms at these locations.