By Swami Harshananda
Tristhali literally means ‘the three great places of pilgrimage’.
Of all the places of pilgrimage some of the places are considered as the most ancient and holy. These places are:
- Prayāga - the modern Allahabad in the Uttar Pradesh State
- Kāśī - Vārāṇasī, the modern Banaras, also in Uttar Pradesh
- Gayā - in Bihar
These three together are called Tristhalī. Nārāyaṇabhaṭta (A. D. 1513) a well- known author of dharmaśāstras has written an authoritative and voluminous work called Tristhallsetu. It might have been composed around A. D. 1580 in Banaras.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore