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Trilikonath Temple a lost heritage in the lap of Himalayas

  • Ekaki
  • October 31, 2016
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The Trilikonath Temple is located in village of Trilikonath which lies 6 km south of the the Chaṅdrābhāgā River, and about 9 km from the village of Udaipur of Lahul and Spiti District of Himachal Pradesh.’Trilikonath’ is one of the names of the Bhagwan, Shiva, which means the “Lord of the three universes”.

The temple situated on altitude of 2,760 meters (9,055 ft). This temple is equally revered and sacred to both Buddhists and Hindus. Hindu consider Triloknath idol as ‘Bhagwan Shiva’  while the Buddhists consider the idol as ‘ Arya Avalokiteshwar ‘ Tibetan language speaking people called  him as ‘Garja Fagspa‘.


The temple also celebrate Mahakumbha after every 12 years, as per temple tradition last Mahakumbha celebrated in year 2015. This temple was constructed in the 10th century by Dvanjra Rana the rulers of Triloknath village. The date construction of temple has been proved proved by a stone inscription which was found in the temple complex in 2002. The temple architecture is highly influenced from “Laxmi Narayan” temple of Chamba. It is widely believed that the founder of Chamba town Shell Varman helped the rulers of Triloknath hence the style of temple is ‘Shikher style’.

Rajgrana of Chamba Mahayogi Sidh Charpati Dar ( Charpath Nath ) composed 25 shlokas in this glory  which are called “ Avalokiteshwar  strotan Chedem “.This is the only temple of Lahaul valley in Shiker Style influenced by temple style of Chamba. The Deity of Triloknath is six hundred and lalitasan Lord Buddha is sitting on head of Triloknath . The idol is made up of marble.

As per local folklore “It was said that there was a lake on the present Hinsa Nalla . Seven persons of milky cower use to come out of this lake & drink the milk of grazing cows. One day one of them was caught by Tundu Cowherd boy and was taken to village on his village on his back. There they caught person converted into a marble deity. This deity was established in the temple. This lake is called as ‘Ome –cho milky ocean) in Tibetan stories.”


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