Taraknath Temple is considered among one of the 12 abodes of Lord Shiva. It is one of the Jyotirlinga temples in India. This temple also has minor shrines dedicated to Goddess Kali and Lord Lakshmi-Narayan. Some of the auspicious occasions at this temple are Shravana month, Maha Shivratri, Chaitra Sankranti and so on. Inside the temple of Taraknath, Lord Shiva is worshiped as Taraknath or Tarakeswar.
Legends: As per local legends, the temple was built after a dream which led the mendicant brother of Raja Vishnu Das to discover a Linga in the jungles near Tarakeswar. The temple was later built around the Swayambhu linga (self-manifested) referred as BabaTaraknath 1729 AD.
How to reach:
By Road: Tarkeswar is connected to all most all the major cities of West Bengal and so it can be conveniently reached from any of the towns using the road.
By Train: Kamarkundu is the nearest railway station to the temple.
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose is the nearest airport and it takes around half an
hour to reach the temple.
TARAKASHWAR is a
major pilgrimage point, near Kolkata. Temple is built with a special Bengal
temple architecture. Temple was later built around the Swayambhu linga,
self-manifested, referred as Baba Taraknath in 1729 AD. The temple is also one
of the oldest in the city, dating back to the 18th century. Thousands of
devotees, from all over India, come here to offer their prayers to the
presiding deity Lord Tarakeshwar.