Saturday, 29 August 2015

Triyuginarain, where Shiva wedded Parvati

         An  excursion  can be made to the legendary village of Triyuginarain in Kedar valley,  Uttarakhand, which lies on the ancient bridle path that goes from Gangotri to Sri Kedarnath.  The place is known for the marriage of Shiva and Parvati. The three-km trek from Sone Prayag criss crosses through forests and orchards takes you to this place. There is a nine-km. motorable road from Sone Prayag to this place.  This temple is believed to be existing since Treta yug.

            This place is known for the magnificent temple of Lord Vishnu, the Narain, which is similar to that of Sri Kedarnath, in architectural style and sculptural perfection.  In the front portico  of the temple, a fire known as “Akhand Dhuni” has been burning for hundreds of years.  Traditions attribute this fire to the occasion of the wedding of Shiva and Parvati. The pilgrims reverently smear the holy ashes on their foreheads.  The presence of a Vishnu temple at a site where Shiva and Parvati were wedded is a glorious example of the popular faith that, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, that is the creator, preserver and the destroyer are the different forms, of the same supreme being.  The worship of any individual God of Hindu pantheon, is the worship of  all gods and finally worship of that ultimate Brahma, which is ONE and none other.

            Fascinating are the views of the perpetual snows that can be seen from here.  The surroundings are beautiful.  There however is no good accommodation at Triyuginarain except for some old dharamshalas.  One can always enjoy roughing out a day’s stay among the friendly and innocent villagers.

The most populous town near this temple is Guptakshi. One can stay overnight here at Guptakshi and visit Triyuginarain next day. The distance of Guptakashi from Rishikesh is around 180 km which is normally covered in 7-8 hours drive.