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Tarapith Temple

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The rishi Vashistha had seen Goddess Sati in the form of Tara at this place and hence she is worshipped here since then. He used to practice austerities to Tara, but was unsuccessful, and then he went to Buddha who was an avatar of Lord Vishnu and received the advice of practicing vamachara. He practiced and then saw the avatar of Goddess Tara,

Another legend narrates; Shiva had drunk the poison that had emerged by the churning of the cosmic oceans, to save the universe. To relieve the intense burning in his throat, Sati – in the form of Tara – breast fed Shiva to relieve him of the effect of poison in his throat. Another local narration is that Vasishtha chose this place for the worship of Sati as it was already known as a Tarapith.

How to reach: Tarapith is at a distance of 264 km from Kolkata, 96 km from Santiniketan, 116 km from Durgapur, 150 km from Deoghar and 205 km from Mayapur.

By Bus: The state owned buses connect Tarapith with to Esplanade/Dharamtalla bus stand of Kolkata or with the neighboring cities.

By Air: The nearest airport is at Kolkata, at a distance of 225 km from Tarapith. One can avail taxi services from airport to Tarapith. From Kolkata Delhi, Mumbai and other major airports are easily accessible.

By Train: The nearest railway station is Rampurhat, at a distance of about 9 km from Tarpith. Taxi services from railway station to Tatapith are available. Rampurhat is linked with Howrah and Sealdah.

History

The temple base is thick with thick walls, built of red brick. The superstructure has covered passages with many arches rising to the pinnacle with a shikara. The image of the deity is enshrined under the eaves in the sanctum. There are two Tara images in the sanctum. The stone image of Tara depicted as a mother suckling Shiva – the "primordial image is camouflaged by a three feet metal image, that the devotee normally seen. It represents Tara in her fiery form with four arms, wearing a garland of skulls and a protruding tongue. Crowned with a silver crown and with flowing hair, the outer image wrapped in a sari and decked in marigold garlands with a silver umbrella over its head. The forehead of the metal image is adorned with red kumkum.

Festivals Observed

Blood sacrifice of goats is the daily norm in the temple. Devotees who offer such goat sacrifices seek blessings from the deity. They bathe the goats in the holy tank near the temple before the sacrifice. A small quantity of the blood of the goat is then collected in a vessel and offered to the deity in the temple.

The Tarapith Amavasya Annual Festival is the most important festival here which is celebrated in August every year.

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  V.I.P Road, Tarapith, Birbhum, West Bengal 731233, India