Triyuginarayan Temple is one of the main temples of Hindus. This ancient temple is dedicated to Lord Narayana. This temple is located in Triyuginarayan village of Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand, India. It is believed that Lord Shiva and Parvati were married at this place. That is why it is a popular pilgrimage place. This place has four kundas: Rudra Kund, Vishnu Kund, Brahma Kund and Saraswati Kund.
‘Triyuginarayan’ is made up of three words. These words mean: - 'Tri' means three. 'Yugi' refers to the period of time. 'Narayana' is a name of Lord Vishnu. In Sanatan religion, the era has been told in four periods of time. This is the four era: Satya Yuga, Treta Yuga, Dvapara Yuga and finally Kalyug, which is the present yuga.
The specialty of this temple is that a continuous fire in front of the temple always keeps burning. It is believed that this flame is burning from the time of Lord Shiva and Parvati's marriage. Hence, this temple is also known as Akhand Dhuni Temple. The meaning of 'Akhand' is eternal and 'Dhuni' means divine flame.
The architectural style of the Triyuginarayan temple is like the Kedarnath Temple. This temple looks exactly like Kedarnath Temple and attracts many devotees. The present temple is also called Akhand Dhuni Temple. It is believed that it was made by Adi Shankaracharya. Adi Shankaracharya is credited with the construction of several temples in Uttarakhand region. In the temple Lord Vishnu and Mata Lakshmi have a 2-foot statue of silver.
According to Hindu mythology, the goddess Parvati, who was the daughter of Himavat or Himalaya. Devi Parvati took the re-birth of Lord Shiva's first wife Sati - who sacrificed her life while insulting Shiva by his father. Mother Parvati had a hard penance to marry Lord Shiva so that Lord Shiva could be found as a husband.
Lord Vishnu formalized marriage and served as Parvati's brother in celebrations, Lord Brahma ji acted as a priest in marriage. Marriage was done in the presence of all the sages. The correct place of marriage is marked by the stone named Brahma Shila in front of the temple. The greatness of this place has been seen in the ‘sthala-purana’. According to Scripture, pilgrims who go to this temple consider the ash of the fire to be holy and take it with them. It is also believed that this Ash fills marital life with joy.