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Temple of Mara
(view on map) (lore page)
# of Zones 2
Respawn Time 10 days
Console Location Code(s)
RiftenMausoleum, RiftenTempleofMara
The Rift
Special Features
# of Cooking Pots/Spits 1
The temple's exterior

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.


Related QuestsEdit



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 MaraEdit

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.