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Temple of Mara
Skyrim Loc Temple of Mara
Hold The Rift
Location Riften
Type Temple
Quests The Book of Love
Characters Maramal
Dinya Balu
Location ID RiftenMausoleum
This article is about the temple in Riften. For the temple in the Black Marsh town of Umpholo, see Temple of Mara (Umpholo).

The Temple of Mara is a temple in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, located in Riften.


Priests and priestess here are dedicated to the worship of the goddess Mara, the goddess of love. Activation of the Shrine of Mara inside lessens the cost of Restoration spells by 15 percent for a time.


In this temple, the Dragonborn can receive a quest series The Book of Love from Dinya Balu, which involves with the romantic affairs of some of Skyrim's citizens. The Dragonborn can also purchase an Amulet of Mara from Maramal, which adds a 10 percent bonus to Restoration spells when equipped and allows the Dragonborn to marry certain citizens.

How to get marriedEdit

TESV Banner RiftenTemple

The banner of the Temple of Mara.

Main article: Marriage
  • First, acquire an Amulet of Mara. If in Riften, Maramal, a priest of Mara, sells Amulets of Mara. He can be found at the Temple of Mara or The Bee and Barb inn.
  • Chat with Maramal about Mara and weddings and he will ask if the Dragonborn knows how marriage works in Skyrim. After the explanation, the Dragonborn can purchase an Amulet of Mara from him for 200 GoldIcon.
  • Equipping this amulet indicates to other citizens that the wearer is available. Locate a compatible citizen and speak with them. Some citizens cannot be married and others require that certain tasks be performed beforehand.
  • Travel back to the temple in Riften, talk to the priest, and have a ceremony.


  • The Amulet of Mara used for marriage does not have to be purchased from Maramal. It can be purchased elsewhere, looted from enemies, found in containers, or even taken from a Draugr.

See alsoEdit


This section contains bugs related to Temple of Mara. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

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  • If the Dragonborn has a common name, a duplicate of them may appear as a random pilgrim worshiping in the temple. This person, if spoken to, may speak a word of power (similar to the Greybeards), nothing, or dialog from the priest of Mara. It otherwise cannot be interacted with or targeted for any purpose.

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