(the day after https://theescapades.wordpress.com/2012/05/15/part-3-chopta-so-this-is-how-heaven-feels-april-23-2012/

“It is difficult to identify when old Indian-word-of-mouth-transmitted-facts start mixing with human imagination. Perhaps when history becomes too old it takes the form of mythology. Visiting Uttarakhand is like taking a stroll across these hundreds of thousands of years of history-turned-mythology.”

The Triyuginarayan Temple

Next stop on our jaunt is at one such place – Triyuginarayan – a place chosen by Lord Vishnu to conduct marriage of Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati.

The mythological background

It is believed that during Satya Yuga, Lord Vishnu performed the marriage rituals of Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati at this place in presence of other 52000 other Indian Gods. Per Hindu traditions the bride and groom take marriage vows around a ceremonial flame. It is further believed that the ceremonial flame lit for the marriage of Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati at Triyuginarayan has burned ever since and continues to burn.

  

Reaching the Temple:

We left Ukhimath at 10:30 AM and started driving towards Gaurikund.  On way to Gaurikund, a road branches to left just before Sonprayag. This 12 km drive from Sonprayag leads to the temple. We found the road motorable though it appeared a road less travelled.

Stone blasting to widen the road on Guptakashi – Gaurikund Road (April 2012)
A small waterfall captures my attention
Dilapidated Road to Triyuginarayan seemed ominous yet beautiful

We reached the temple by 12:00 noon. The temple is a simple construction like other temples in the area. We asked the priest to conduct a small pooja ceremony for us and bless us. The entire affair cost us about Rs 500. We left the temple by 2:00 PM.

The Triyuginarayan village visible across the trees
The usual scenery

We are not surprised by the eccentricity of weather here. Every bright morning is soon taken over by billowing clouds and rains.

Rain clouds started gathering while we were driving away from Triyuginarayan

The next on agenda for today is spending some time with the River that has accompanied us since we crossed Rudraprayag and will keep us company till Kedarnath in next few days – The Mandakini.

With Mandakini at Chandrapuri

Chandrapuri, located on the banks of Mandakini river, is a small village on the Rudraprayag – Kedarnath road. This small village offers the opportunity to sit on the Mandakini banks and enjoy the pleasant view. We visited the Chandrapuri GMVN Tourist Rest House, which is located on Mandakini bank, to enjoy evening tea and snacks while filling our senses with the pleasant evening.

GMVN Chandrapuri here !
Mandakini River at Chandrapuri
GMVN Tourist Rest House on the Mandakini Banks at Chandrapuri

When the sun started setting, we left for our guest house at Ukhimath located at about 25 kms from here. Next day we will checkout of the guest house and camp at Devariya Taal.

Thanks for dropping by and reading my post. I hope you enjoyed the experience!!!

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