Trilokinath


The Trilikonath Temple at Tunde village 6 km south of the left bank of the Chaṅdrābhāgā or Chenab River, and about 9 km from the village of Udaipur, is in the Lahul and Spiti District of Himachal Pradesh, India, is sacred to both Tibetan Buddhists and Hindus. The glittering white-painted temple is situated on a cliff at the end of a village street. Its altitude is 2,760 metres (9,055 ft).

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Trilikonath' is one of the names of the Hindu god, Shiva, meaning the "Lord of the Three Worlds". but local tradition clearly relates that it was originally a Buddhist vihara or monastery, although nothing remains of the original building.There is apparently nothing left of the original temple structure, but there is a strong local tradition that Trilokinath was originally a Buddhist vihara. The temple had a marble statue of a six-headed Avalokiteshvara which was stolen decades ago[3] and replaced with a crude image of grey stone, and later with the present six-armed white marble Avalokiteshvara is attributed by some to the 12th century.[4] It is revered as Avalokiteshvara by Buddhists and as Shiva by Hindus and is crowned with an image of Amitabha Buddha - the 'Buddha of Boundless Light.

Trilokinath Temple



Architecturally speaking, the rock cut Masrur Temples are in the Nagara style. Masrur beats its Nagara rival in situation, size and execution.

The original image is said to have been coeval with the Avalokiteshvara head found near the confluence of the Chandra and Bhaga rivers and is now housed at the Guru Ghantal or Gandhola Monastery. This head has been claimed to date to the time of Nagarjuna (2nd century CE)[6] which may indicate some connection with the famous Kanika (Kanishka) stupa at Sani Monastery in nearby Zangskar. Handa, though, says both these images can be dated on stylistic grounds to around the 8th century or a century earlier





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