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Temple of Mara
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# of Zones2
Respawn Time10 days
Console Location Code(s)
RiftenMausoleum, RiftenTempleofMara
The Rift
Special Features
# of Cooking Pots/Spits1

Temple of Mara is a temple in Riften devoted to the Aedric goddess Mara, one of the Eight Divines and goddess of mortal understanding, love and compassion.

It is home to three Priests of Mara: Briehl, Dinya Balu, and Maramal. Alessandra, a Priestess of Arkay who spends her days in the temple's Hall of the Dead, also lives here.


Dinya Balu

Related Quests[edit]

  • The Book of Love: Help the Temple of Mara spread the cause of love throughout Skyrim.
  • The Bonds of Matrimony: Find someone in Skyrim to marry.
  • Spread the Love: Distribute religious literature to the citizens of Riften.



It is located between Riftweald Manor and Black-Briar Manor in the eastern part of the city. It has its own courtyard with a flight of stairs flanked by lit braziers leading up to the entrance. The Hall of the Dead is beneath the temple.

Temple of Mara[edit]

The temple's interior

The main entrance leads directly into the main room for worship with the centerpiece of the temple, a statue of Mara, against the east wall. There are rows of wooden benches facing the altar in front of the statue. On the altar is a copy of Gods and Worship and a Shrine of Mara. When activated, the shrine confers the Blessing of Mara, which reduces the cost of Restoration spells by 10%. There are two additional shrines in the main room on narrow tables, one on either side of the entrance at the rear of the room. At either side of the statue of Mara are planters containing a bunch of lavender, a dragon's tongue plant, and blue and purple mountain flower plants. Above these hang banners of Mara. In front of the altar is a long master locked chest.

Against the east wall are a wooden bench and two sets of shelves which hold copies of Aedra and Daedra, A Children's Anuad, The Monomyth, and Trials of St. Alessia. Beside the books are a drum, a flute, several cups and goblets, and a lute leaning against one of the shelves. There are two doors: one to the northeast and the other around the corner in the northwestern corner. Against the south wall is another wooden bench and set of shelves which hold a complete set of all eight volumes of The Song of Pelinal, a couple of candlesticks, and goblets. A third door is in the southwestern corner. Opposite that door, in the southeast corner, is an alcove with a couple of barrels of foodstuffs.

Briehl and Dinya Balu's sleeping quarters

The door to the southwest leads into the bedroom used by two of the priests, Briehl and Dinya Balu. It consists of two single beds coming out from the west wall, a small round wooden table and two chairs against the south wall, and a set of shelves against the east wall. On the table rests a copy of A Kiss, Sweet Mother, a bottle of alto wine, and a note from Talen-Jei to Drifa related to the quest Sealing the Deal. The set of shelves holds a potion of minor healing, a potion of minor stamina, and several pieces of cheese.

The door in the northeastern corner leads to a cooking and dining area with a cooking pot on a stand against the west wall with a couple of food barrels to the left. A cupboard, a round wooden table, and a set of shelves all line the east wall. The cupboard holds a bottle of Nord mead and a bottle of alto wine. On the table are two baked potatoes, a bottle of wine, bread, and cheese. On the shelves are five potatoes, a cabbage, a couple of loaves of bread, and several pieces of cheese. Hanging from the ceiling are two garlic braids, three bunches of elves ear, and three bunches of frost mirriam. There is also a door to the south that opens into Maramal's bedroom. There is an owned double bed coming out from the middle of the south wall with a dresser at its foot. On the dresser are a bunch of lavender along with purple, blue, and red mountain flowers. To the right of the bed is a chair. A ruined book, a potion of minor healing, a potion of minor stamina, and a bottle of alto wine rest on the table by the east wall. Beside the door against the north wall is a wardrobe containing clothes.

The third door in the northwestern corner of the main room opens to a flight of stairs leading down to the cellar, with a couple of food barrels beside the top of the stairs and more at the bottom of the stairs in a storage area. There is a door in the east wall and another in the south wall. To the right of the second of these is a cupboard and set of shelves. The cupboard only holds clutter, while the shelves hold three bottles of Nord mead, two bottles of alto wine and a bottle of wine. Under the stairs is a large vat and a pile of firewood. Hanging from the ceiling are three pheasants, a rabbit, three garlic braids, two bunches of elves ear, and a bunch of frost mirriam.

The door to the south leads to the Hall of the Dead. The door to the east opens into a bedroom used by Alessandra, Priestess of Arkay. This bedroom consists of an owned single bed coming out from the south wall, with an end table to the right and a chair to the left. On the end table is a bottle of wine. Against the east wall is a wardrobe and against the north wall is a long wooden table and chair. The table holds a ruined book, a bottle of wine, a baked potato, some bread, and cheese.

Skyrim:Temple of Mara - The Unofficial Elder Scrolls Pages (UESP) (2024)


How to distribute the warmth of mara? ›

Distribute the Warmth of Mara within Riften. Excepting the Keep and the city guards, who are beyond redemption, talk to the citizens of Riften and distribute a copy of the The Warmth of Mara pamphlet to those souls in need. There are 20 to be handed out to: Aerin.

Who is Maramal's wife? ›

He is married to Dinya Balu, who is currently pregnant with his child. Although Maramal talks in the Bee and Barb about the patrons' "vile" drinks, the basem*nt of the temple of Mara contains many kegs and bottles of wine.

Who to give blessings of Mara in Skyrim? ›

Quick Walkthrough[edit]
  • Speak to Dinya Balu.
  • Give out 20 The Warmth of Mara missives in Riften.
  • Return to Dinya Balu.
Apr 5, 2021

Where is the Temple of Mara in Skyrim? ›

Located in Riften The Temple of Mara is a temple dedicated to the goddess Mara. It is also the only place in Skyrim where you can be married. Go to the temple to get the Amulet of Mara to proclaim yourself eligible for courtship.

Who gives you the Amulet of Mara? ›

If you go the the Temple of Mara and talk to Dinya Balu, she will send you on a few easy quests. Afterwards, she'll give you an Amulet of Mara and you'll become an Agent of Mara which will give you a permanent +15% Resist Magicka.

What does activating the Shrine of Mara do? ›

Activating the shrine confers the Blessing of Mara for a duration of eight hours. Restoration spells cost 10% less to cast.

How do you marry with the Amulet of Mara? ›

To find a marriage partner, you need to equip the Amuletof Mara, signalling that you are available. Now, talk to NPCs out in the world, and you'll know they are interested when they notice the Amulet on you.

What is the Pledge of Mara in Skyrim? ›

Pledge commitment on sacred ground to bond a single character to another. Both will earn 10% more experience while adventuring together. Pledge is consumed on use.

Can you marry Senna Skyrim? ›

To marry Senna in Skyrim, the player must complete The Heart of Dibella quest by either picking a door at the temple or by speaking to Degaine, the drunkard living in Markarth. She won't be available as a follower, unfortunately.

Can you marry Serana? ›

Although it is not possible to marry vampires, including Serana, in vanilla Skyrim, it is still possible to do so with the help of mods. To make marriage with Serana possible, fans should use the Marriable Serana mod made by C0drm0nk33 and available on Nexus Mods.

Who is best to marry in Skyrim? ›

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How to get a wife in Skyrim? ›

Getting married in Skyrim is actually pretty easy. All you need to do it head to Riften and find the Temple of Mara. Once there, speak to the priest about weddings to have them explain how the process works. You'll then need to buy an amulet of Mara, which you can then wear while speaking to your potential betrothed.

How do you make an Amulet of Mara work? ›

Some amulets may not register with NPCs that can be married. If the amulet was received from "The Book of Love" and a marriage offer is not given, dropping the amulet and retrieving it, or buying a new one from Maramal, will fix this.

How does warmth work in Skyrim? ›


The higher your Warmth rating, the more slowly you will feel the effects of cold environments. Most clothing and armor provide warmth, displayed on the item's description.

How do you use the ring of Mara? ›

The Rings of Mara item needed for the Ritual of Mara. Pair up with whomever you wish to marry, and visit a Shrine to Mara in any of the major starting towns. Once there, have one person equip the pledge by dragging it onto their action bar, turn, look at their companion, and initiate the ritual.

What is the easiest way to get the Amulet of Mara? ›

It can be purchased for 200 gold from Maramal or acquired during the last stage of The Book of Love quest from Dinya Balu, both at the Temple of Mara in Riften.


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