Constructed in 1729 in the state of West Bengal is a Hindu shrine devoted to Lord Shiva known as the Taraknath Temple. This temple renowned for its typical “Bengali Architecture” is situated in a town called Tarakeshwar in the Hooghly district. Located within the premise of this “Shiva” temple is a tank named “Dudhpukur”, known to fulfil wishes of all those devotees who enter it. In addition, in close proximity to this temple lie temples dedicated to Goddess Kali and Lakshmi Narayan. Furthermore, this temple attracts large number devotees from around the country especially during festivals such as “Maha Shivratri” and “Gajan”.
a. Best time to visit the Taraknath Temple
The best time to visit this temple is from October to February during the winter when the climate is extremely pleasant with the temperature ranging from a maximum of 23 degree Celsius to a minimum of 12 degree Celsius.
b. How to reach Taraknath Temple
Taraknath Temple Map
1. By train:
The closest station to this temple is located in Kamarkundu. The Kamarkundu Railway Station well connected to major cities in the state such as Howrah and Kolkata.
2. By road:
If you intend to drive to this temple then the ideal starting points would be Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Puri, Patna, and Kolkata.
- Via Bhubaneswar:
There is one route from Bhubaneshwar to this temple, and it is via NH16.
- Via Cuttack:
There is one route from Cuttack to this temple, and it is via NH16.
- Via Patna:
There is one route from Patna to this temple, and it is via NH19.
- Via Puri:
There is one route from Puri to this temple, and it is via NH16.
- Via Kolkata:
There is one route from Kolkata to this temple, and it is via NH19 and Baidyabati Tarakeshwar Road/Baidyabati-Tarakeshwar Road/Baidyabati-Tarakeshwar-Champadanga Road/Tarakeshwar Road.
3. By air:
The nearest airport to this temple is located in Kolkata. The Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport is well connected to major cities in the country as well as to international destinations.
c. Religious significance of the Taraknath Temple
According to a popular myth there was an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva called living in the area where this temple was eventually constructed. Now it so happened that his brother apparently found a site where cows were regularly donating milk. On further examination Vishnu and his brother discovered that there was a shivalingam located at that spot. Soon after Das envisioned a dream in which he was informed that the “shivaling” was in fact the Tarkeshwar form of Lord Shiva. Hence it was at the spot at which this shivalingam was located that this temple was eventually constructed.