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Triloknath Temple is a medieval shrine, situated 4km from Udaipur Village, on the left bank of the Chenab River in Lahul and Spiti district, Himachal Pradesh. The temple enshrines a 12th century, six-armed, white marble idol of Lord Shiva. Udaipur Village is located 50km northwest of Keylong, the district headquarters. This unusual temple is a handsome intermingling of Buddhist monasteries and Hindu temples, considered hallowed both for the Hindus and Buddhists. Triloknath Temple is noted for its delicate carvings, gracing the inner walls and doors. Tibetan prayer flags, built in pagoda style of architecture, deck the entrance of the temple. The tower of Triloknath temple is chiselled from stone. The temple courtyard houses a tiny stone Nandi (the divine bull) and a granite shivling (phallus, symbolic representation of Lord Shiva). There are two brilliantly carved stone pillars on each side of the door, known as the pillars of 'dharma' and 'paap' (virtue and sin). Triloknath temple also houses prayer wheels, archetypal to Buddhist gompas. Pauri festival, celebrated in August, amidst much spectacle and grandeur, attracts massive crowd from far and near.
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