Triyugi Narayan Temple at Diyar in Kullu
Triyugi Narayan Temple is located in village Dyar, 12 km from Bhuntar on a link road bifurcates on the left bank of Beas to Dayar village. This ‘pagoda’ style temple is dedicated to ‘Bhagwan Vishnu Ji’ and is saddled on a ridge and clearly visible from Bajaura Shiva temple and from the National Highway No. 21. Idols of Bavan Avtar and Bramari Devi are also there in the temple. This temple was built in 800 AD.
The pagoda style of a temple is often associated with lord Buddha. This is one of the first few temples depicting influence of Buddhism in the region which grows more and more as one moves further into Himalayas and trans-Himalayas (Lahul and Spiti districts).
In the hills, Vishnu is often referred to as Daridra Narayan or protector of downtrodden. Vishnu is more popular in rural areas and agricultural community with as many as 65 Narayans in Kullu valley alone.
The temple of Dayar made of stone and wood has an idol of Vishnu about four feet in height along with smaller metal idols of Buddha. M.R. Thakur in his book, “Myths, Rituals and Beliefs in H.P.” mentions “It is remarkable to note that the presiding deities in chief areas of the Pradesh are among Vishnu, like Raghunath in Kullu, Madhav Rao in Mandi, Laxmi Narayan in Chamba, Murli Manohar in Sujanpur, Bansi Gopar in Bilaspur and Parshu Ram in Renuka (Sirmaur). The following of Vishnu may be gauged by the reverence of large number of Narayans and his nine incarnations – Matsya ‘the fish’, Kurm ‘the tortoise’, Varah ‘the boar’, Narsimha ‘the man-lion’, Vaman ‘the dwarf’, Parshu Ram, Rama, Krishna, Buddha and the tenth would be incarnation Kalki.”
Approximate Distances from:
Kullu-Manali Airport at Bhuntar: 15 km
Kullu town: 23 km
Manali town: 63 km