Tarapith Temple

Located in state of West Bengal is a Hindu shrine dedicated to Goddess Ma Tara called “Tarapith Temple”. This “Tantric” temple is situated in a small town called Tarapith in the Birbhum district. This temple has been constructed using red bricks and comprises of a thick base and walls. In addition, this inner chamber of this shrine comprises of two images of Ma Tara i.e. one a stone image and the other metal image. Furthermore, this temple is also known for its unique rituals such as the “blood sacrifice of the goat” as well as for the hymns that are sung by devotees.

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a. Best time to visit the Tarapith 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 Tarapith Temple

Tarapith Temple Map

1. By train:

The nearest major railway station to this temple is located in Asansol. The Asansol Railway Station is well connected to major cities and towns in the state.

2. By train:

If you intend to drive to this temple then the ideal starting points would be Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Puri, Patna, and Kolkata.

  • Via Bhubaneswar:

There are two routes from Bhubaneswar to this temple, and they are via NH16 and via NH16 and NH14.

  • Via Cuttack:

There are two routes from Cuttack to this temple, and they are via NH16 and via NH16 and SH7.

  • Via Puri:

There are two routes from Cuttack to this temple, and they are via NH16 and via NH16 and SH7.

  • Via Patna:

There are two routes from Patna to this temple, and they via Dumka-Rampurhat Road, and via NH19.

  • Via Kolkata:

There are three routes from Kolkata to this temple, and they are via Grand Trunk Road and SH7, via NH19 and Morgram-Panagarh State Highway and via Kalna-Katwa 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 Tarapith Temple

According to folklore, a sage called Vashistha living in the Tarapitha village apparently had observed and hence worshipped Goddess Sati in the form of Tara and thereby this temple was constructed. Yet another myth states that Lord Shiva once drank a poison acquired from the churning of the cosmic ocean so as to save the universe. Therefore in order to ease the intense burning Shiva was feeling in this throat, Goddess Sati (Shiva’s wife) assumed the avatar of Maa Tara and breast fed him with milk.  It is this breast feeding that eventually led to the effects of the poison being neutralized, and hence this temple was constructed in honour of Goddess Tara saving Shiva’s life. Furthermore, this temple is also known as “Siddha pitha” which grants enlightenment, wisdom, and happiness to all those who are ardent devotees.

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