Trilokinath Temple is located at Tunde Village in Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh, India. Trilokinath means Lord of the three worlds. It is one of the names of Lord Shiva. One of the interesting things about this temple is, it is worshipped by both Hindus and Buddhist. Hindus worshipped marble idol as Lord Shiva and Buddhists worshipped this idol as Avalokiteshwara which is crowned with an image of Amitabha Buddha. Amitabha Buddha means Buddha means Buddha of Boundless light.
What to see at Trilokinath Temple: Trilokinath temple is glittering white painted temple. Temple had a marble statue of a six headed Avalokiteshvara. This was stolen several decades ago. Grey stone image was kept in that place in 12th century. It is believed that original image head was found near confluence of Bhaga and Chandra Rivers. Head claimed during days of Nagarjuna i.e. 2nd century CE.
Regarding the origin of this temple several saying are there. Some people believe that temple was originally dedicated to Lord Shiva by Hindus. This was later transformed into Buddhist temple by Padmasambhava. Some people say that this temple is the best example for Kashmiri Kannauj Style. Though the traditions of Buddhists and Hindus are different, temple follows the tradition which doesn’t clash with both the religions. Pauri Festival is the correct example of Syncretism.
Architecture of this temple is so beautiful. Pillars, doors and walls are having stone carvings. These stone carving are so attractive. Pillars of this temple stand for Dharma. During summer season, this site is famous for trekking and camping.
What to see around Trilokinath Temple:
Keylong: This is the best place for the natural lovers as it is surrounded by green fields. Keylong Attractions are Khardang Monastery, Shashur Gompa. Plenty of monasteries are located in this place. They are Gemur, Tayul, Guru Ghantal, and Shasur. All these are famous for Buddhist faith and arts.
Udaipur: Udaipur in Lahaul and Spiti district is situated 6kms away from the temple. This village is famous for Markula Devi Temple. Wooden carvings on this temple are so beautiful. This is the starting point of Mayar Valley.
Dharmasala: It is located 41kms away from Trilokinath Temple. Dharmasala Attractions are Dal Lake, Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Billing Adventure, Tsuglagkhang. Upper Dharmasala which is also known as McLeod Ganj. Lower Dharmasala consists of Commercial areas, local hospitals, schools and government offices.
Palampur: This place is famous for Tea Gardens. Other name is Tea Capital of North India. After Kullu and Manali this is famous honeymoon destination. It is located 43 kms away from Tunda.
Getting to Trilokinath Temple: Before reaching to this temple visitors have to reach to Keylong. Keylong is well connected through roads. From Shimla, Leh, Delhi etc buses come to this place. Nearest railway station is located at Jogindernagar. Nearest broad guage railway stations are Chandigarh and Shimla. Nearest airport is located at Bhuntar which is near Manali. Taxis are available to reach the temple from airport. Shimla is other option to catch the flights. Shimla is well connected with Chandigarh and Delhi.
Getting around Trilokinath Temple: One can see the temple on foot. Buses and Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of the temple.
Best time to visit Trilokinath Temple: Rohtang Pass is the entrance to reach this temple. This entrance closes during the winter season due to snow. Best time to visit this place is between July to September.
Where to stay in Trilokinath Temple: Accommodations are not available at Trilokinath. Visitors need to stay at Keylong. All range of hotels such as budget, midrange and luxury hotels are available to stay in Keylong.
Where to eat in Trilokinath Temple: Restaurants are not available at this temple. It is advisable to carry food and water along with them.