Situated on the banks of the Dwarka River, West Bengal, Tarapith Temple is one of the famous temple dedicated to Goddess Tara, another form of Goddess Kali. The temple is regarded as one of the 52 Shakti Peethams of India.
Tarapith is regarded as one of the 51 Shakti Peeths of India. When Lord Vishnu used his Chakra to mutilate the corpse of Sati from the arms of Lord Shiva to help Him gain back his sanity and peace the pieces of Sati's body spread mostly across India and a few in Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh respectively. It is said that the third-eye of the Sati fell in this place and thus it is called Tara pith. According to the legends, when Lord Shiva wa...View more
burning after consuming all the poison evolved from the Samudramanthan, it was Devi Durga who took the form of Maa Tara and breastfeed the Lord to heal him from the inflammation of the poison. This temple is part of the famous Shaktipeetha Darshan Yatra of West Bengal.
The latest tempple of Tarapith is built in a Do-Chala style of Bengal Architecture. There is a high chura of the main sanctum, inside which the goddess is consecrated. The white and red colored temple is finely decorated with terracotta art work. Mostly the terracotta depics the stories from the Puranas with special focus on the Shiva and Parvathi mythological stories.
There is no specific dress code for visiting Tarapith.
In West bengal, Tarapith is marked as one of the most important places of Tantra sadhana that was enriched to its best during the lifetime of Sadhok Bamakhepa Dev. For over centuries, the tradition of worshipping the Goddess in the Tantric mode is carried on. Hindus are very fond of their Goddess Tara and they often visit Her, whenever they come across with a tough time in their lives. Mostly they pray to the deity and opt for the "Mannat" and on the fulfilment of the manokamana (wishes), they offer the Goddess with their promised items such as double goat sacrifice (jora patha bali), sarees, ornaments, precious things etc.
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The nearest railway station to reach Tarapith is Rampurhat. Most trains running from Howrah, Kolkata and Seahdah Junction towards Siliguri pass through Rampurhat a few stations after Bolpur, Shantiniketan. Devotees can also reach Tarapith directly via cars. They can also reach the destination via the public buses that they can avail from the Esplanade and Karunamoyee Bus depot from Kolkata. Buses are also available from the Panagarh Bus stand, Bolpur and allied places. The nearest airport is Netaji Subhas Chandra Air terminus at Dumdum. From there either the pilgrims have to get the buses (volvo or public buses), trains or the rental car services to reach Rampurhat.
At Tarapith, the deity is worshipped in the Tantric rituals. Often animal sacrifice is offered to Maa Tara after fulfilment of the desires.
Devotees, who cannot reach the Tarapith physically, can opt for the online Puja Service. For the Normal Puja they will have to pay Rs.51 and for the Bhoga Puja they will be charged with Rs.101. For more details, devotees must visit the office website address shared.