Tarakeshwar Tourism

Tarakeshwar Tourism

Tarakeshwar Travel Guide

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Tarakeshwar Info

  • State: West Bengal
  • Famous for/as: Pilgrimage
  • District: Hooghly
Tarakeshwar is a village and renowned pilgrimage centre, located in Hooghly District in the state of West Bengal. The town of Hooghly is located 58 kilometres away from Kolkata.  Every year a number of devotees come here to take the blessings of lord Shiva and other deities. The place is acknowledged as a pilgrimage of Shiva and most of the temples over here are devoted to Lord Shiva.

The famous Taraknath Temple in this village is one of the most visited temples in the town.  The temple is dedicated to one of the forms of Lord Shiva, ‘Taraknath’.  The temple is believed to be built in 1729 AD by Raja Bharamalla.

There is a very famous legend about the origin of the lingam in the temple. A person called Vishnu Das and his brother came to Tarakeshwar from Ayodhya.  Vishnu’s brother unearthed a Shivalingam in the forest after his brother proved his innocence by holding a red hot iron to the locals of the town, when they were suspected for a bad deed. He later revealed that he had a dream of Lord Shiva instructing him to construct a temple at that place.

The temple reflects the architecture of the local Bengali style, having an 'atchala' building structure with a 'natmandir' that is a place dedicated to offer prayers, in front. The temple has a sanctum and verandah with three open spires with railings.  

The Tarakeshwar temple is a major Shivaite Pilgrim Centre, which comes under the twelve Jyotirlinga temples, and is dedicated to lord Shiva. The premise of the temple host shrines of Kali and Lakshmi-Narayan. The temple is most visited during the month of Shravan, which falls in the month of July or August.

Maha Shivratri is an important festivity celebrated in this town during the month of February-March. It is celebrated at the time of Lord Shiva’s birthday. During the celebration, fairs and shopping festivals become a major attraction of this town. Other festivals that attract tourists to come here is Bengali New Year or the Chaitra Sankranti festival.

The nearest airport to Tarakeshwar is Kolkata Airport, which is connected to all the important cities of India like Delhi, Chennai and Mumbai. It is situated at a distance of 58 kilometres from Tarakeshwar. Tarakeshwar has its own railway station and is well connected to Howrah and other cities by rail. Tarakeshwar is connected with all the neighbouring cities of West Bengal by road.

The best time to visit Tarakeshwar is between October and March, as this time is ideal for sight seeing and religious visits to the temples.

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Travellers from Kolkata, Barrackpore

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Tarakeshwar Traveller Reviews

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Nabarun Pal

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  • Nabarun Pal
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 2 Reviews
  •  13 helpful votes
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"Home like stay at an affordable rate"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 11, 2012
Tarakeshwar is a religious destination for many worshippers of the Lord Shiva. Located about 60 kms from Howrah, the place can be visited for a visit to the temple which is considered very sacred.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Not many big shops, but many stalls for the foodies who want to taste the 'street-food'. However, necessary facilities like ATMs, medicine shops are available.

Activities & things to do: The only major thing to do at Tarakeshwar is to visit the Temple. Nothing else to be done.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Take a train from Howrah and you will reach in 1 and a half hours time. Or by car, one can reach in almost same time from Kolkata.
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Shyamal  Banerjee

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  • Shyamal Banerjee
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  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 2 Reviews
  •  9 helpful votes
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  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 24, 2012
I went there to worship of lord shiv. The place was fantastic, and enjoyebel to me.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food and serving was very good.

Activities & things to do: nothing

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: By car
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Amit Singh

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  • Amit Singh
  • Lives in Noida
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"Tarkeshwer Mahadeo"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted May 28, 2011
Tarkeshwer mahadev is about 65 km from kotdwar. This is sorrounded by dense forest of devdar trees. Tarkeshwer means full of nature and peace of mind it is a kind of heaven on the earth.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Taekeshwer Mahadev is sorrounded by the dense forest of devdar

Activities & things to do: Good for yoga

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Reach Kotdwar from Delhi. there are frequent buses of up transport as well as Uttarakhand transport. From Kotdwar hire a taxi for Tarkeshwer Mahadev
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