(‘the three [great] places [of pilgrimage]’)

Of all the Hindu places of pilgrimage, Prayāga (the modern Allahabad in the Uttar Pradesh State), Kāśī (Vārāṇasī, the modern Banaras, also in Uttar Pradesh) and Gayā (in Bihar) are considered the most ancient and holy. These three together are called Tristhalī.

Nārāyaṇabhaṭṭa (A. D. 1513) a well-known author of dharmaśāstras has written an authoritative and voluminous work called Tristhalīsetu. It might have been composed around A. D. 1580 in Banaras.