Tarapith Tourism
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Tarapith Tourism

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  • State: West Bengal
  • Famous for/as: Pilgrimage
  • District: Birbhum
Tarapith is a small town, renowned for its temples, located near Rampurhat in Birbhum district of West Bengal. The town is a popular Hindu pilgrimage site and is visited every year by millions of devotees. Tarapith is a village of Sahapur Gram Panchayet and is situated on the banks of the Dwarka River.

The name of the place originated from the sitting place of Goddess Tara.  It is believed that Goddess Tara is present here and the place is one of the 51 Sakthi Pithas, scattered all over India. According to legend, Tarapith is the place where the throat of Sati had fallen, when Lord Vishnu cut the body of Sati into pieces using his Sudarshan Chakra due to the fear that intensive Thandava Nrutham or dance of Lord Siva will destruct the whole world.

Tarapith is popular for its temples, namely Ma Tara Temple and Nalhateshwari Temple. Ma Tara Temple enshrines an idol of the Goddess Tara in the form of Kali Devi. The temple was constructed by Jagannath Ray, of Mallarpur village, in 1225.

Adjoining the temple, there is a cremation ground. The gates of the ground are inscribed with the epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata.  Every year many married women come to this temple to get blessings for a long married life. The Tara Temple is also known as a tantric temple and many tantric rites are performed in the nearby ground.

Tarapith is also known for the Bamakhepa saint. It is believed that Maa Tara once appeared in front of him and bestowed the saint with divine powers.  He had worshipped Maa Tara his whole life and resided in the cremation ground while spending his days as a mendicant. He used to practise Yoga and the Tantric arts. His ashram is also located near the temple.

Nalhateshwari Temple is a nearby tourist attraction. The temple is located in Nalhati, the name of the town was derived from Nalhateshwari temple, the place where the ‘Nala’, the throat of Goddess Sati (Shakthi) had fallen. The temple is dedicated to Devi Kali.

The nearest airport to Tarapith is Kolkata Airport, which is at a distance of 225 kilometres. Kolkata is well connected to many national and international airports. Taxis are available from the airport to reach the place. The nearest railway station is Rampurhat, which is connected to major stations like Howrah and Sealdah. The best time to visit the town is between October and March.

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Suketu Bavishi

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  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Spiritual tour" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
It's quick & spiritual tour start from Kolkata in morning 6:05 am Ganadevta exp. Reaching Tarapith at 11:00 am. Find that not a single hotel & lodge gave the single person to stay for even 2 hrs. Its hectic but fun & blessed to perform puja to Maa Tara. Now I am returning in Ganadevta exp 5:17 pm.

Very good experience & enjoyed.
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Himadri biswas

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"This hotel is the best hotel in tarapit .. For service & food Quality .." new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
You wont believe it is cheapest best quality hotel in tarapit not only that this hotel is best food quality entire tarapit hotel & best parking place in tarapit hotel is located in on road side but one thing is that its very far away from tarapit my joy my tara temple 15 mins walking distance 5 mins by car no pauto is aviable near botel to temple pleaae don't trust on card payment please carry hard cash thing is that card machine is broke down for long time I face a big problem to pay by card I had to widraw money from credit card to atm which very deeply hearting me .. I havd to payfor that 500 rs processing & 3. 25 %widrawmoney from creditcard +15service tax I wishdoent face any problem please don't trust oncard limit only cash you get enjoy for this hotel ...
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Kshirod prosad Bhattacharjee

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""Tarapith" The Land of Taramaa"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Tara Maa of Tarapith, another form of Kali, has two hands, is garlanded with snakes, is adorned in sacred threads, and has Shiva lying in her left lap sucking her breast. But the temple is dedicated to the destructive aspect of Shiva, which takes the form of Kali. She requires sacrifice daily to satisfy her blood lust so every morning goats are sacrifices on the alter of the temple.
The temple is busy through out the year and is surrounded by poor who come to have free meal. This is one of the most sacred places where every year several millions of devotees come to offer Puja. Tarapith is regarded as Mahapeeth and extremely holy place for all Hindus. It is said that wherever you are in this beautiful world, whatever be you and your religion, the kindness and blessings of Maa Tara will reach you to fulfill your desires, if you are an honest and upright person. She will provide you relief from pain if any your heart and mind. This is the reason for which every year millions of devotees gathers at this place to offer Puja and prayer.
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Dipak kumar patikar

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"A good destination"

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Some 264 km from Kolkata, Tarapith is situated on the banks of the north flowing Dwarka River, in Birbhum, in West Bengal.

According to Hindu belief, an insulted Sati, the wife of Lord Shiva, sacrificed herself at a yagna (fire worship ritual) which was being performed by her father Daksha Maharaj. Angry with this incident Lord Shiva started the Tandava Nritya (Dance of Destruction). In order to prevent destruction of all creation, Lord Vishnu used his Sudarshan chakra (wheel) to cut the body of Sati into several parts. Sati's body was scattered all over what is presently the Indian subcontinent. There are 51 such holy spots where temples have been erected and they are called the Shakti Pithas. Tarapith is regarded as one of the 51 Shakti Pithas of India.

It is believed that the eyeball of Sati fell down at Tarapith. In Bengali, the eyeball is called 'Tara' and that is why the name of the village was changed from the earlier Chandipur to Tarapith.

The temple is dedicated to the destructive aspect of Shiva, which takes the form of Kali. She requires sacrifice daily to satisfy her bloodlust so every morning goats are sacrificed on the altar of the temple.

The century old belief in the mind of millions of people that - after offering PUJA (worship) and prayers at Tara pith temple nobody return with empty hands and their Desires get fulfilled.
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Arvind Sahal

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  • Lives in Kolkata
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"A must visit for Maa Tara devotees"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Apr 3, 2016
We three friends decided to visit Tarapith. We drove down the highway the drive was almost of 6 hrs from kolkata. Road are good except a few patches were widening of road was going on so the traffic had to slow down.

The temple is very sacred lots of devotees being a Saturday the devotees from nearby places were seen on large number.

The place is OK. Infrastructure is still lagging. Development work is going on but not upto the mark.

Place is good to visit for a day or two to only visit the Tara maa temple. Bakreswar dam is also a nice place to visit. In between you can also visit Bolpur and Shantiniketan.

Overall the visit of two days was good in all ways nice drive from kolkata and visiting in between places.

A must visit for Maa Tara devotees.
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Ratul Mukherjee

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"A holy place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 26, 2015
If you have not traveled to Tarapith then it is the opportunity to travel to Tarapith in Birbhum district in West Bengal. Here you can visit the famous Tarapith Temple where BAMAKHYAPA used to offer puja to maa kali. The temple is situated beside DWARAKA river. It is truly an opportunity to offer prayer and visit the local place in Tarapith.
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Basab Ray chaudhuri

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"The home of Ma Tara -Tarapith"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 13, 2015
Tarapit is a pilgrimage place in Birbhum district of West Bengal. One can go there by road or train. It takes about 6-7 hours to reach there by car from Kolkata with hault at Saktigarh ( famous for Langcha ) and at Santiniketan for lunch.

The holy temple of Ma Tara is very famous, devotees from Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar and Assam visit the temple regularly. The name of famous Ma Kali devotee Bamakhapa is associated with the place. There are many hotels in Tarapit. Pilgrims visit the place round the year. However, for the occasional visitors, winter is the best time to visit Tarapit.
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Biswajit Saha

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"Religious Place to visit"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Oct 8, 2015
Tarapith is situated in Birbhum, West Bengal. It is a religious place for Hindus. This place very beautiful. The mandir of tara maa is beside a river. There are so many hotels in Tarapith. People say that tara maa is very powerful. So you can visit this place. So many people gather here in Saturday and Tuesday. The mandir of tara maa remains open from the Dawn to late at night everyday. I went there last month and stayed there for two days.
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Rahul Singh

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"Awesome visit & feeling blessed!"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Aug 30, 2015
Tarapith is the religious place, its one of the 51 shakti peeth, Ma Tara Temple, is the main Kali temple at Tarapith. Bakreshwar shiva temple - roughly one and half hour from Tarapith ( Shiva temple and Kund (hot water ponds).

Not good Panda's & pandits trying to extract as much money as he can to get inside temple. Good place, could be managed better. Advice - Don't plan more than couple of days. Better to go off-season, else herculean task to get in.
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"Temple adjacent to cremation grounds"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Jun 30, 2015
Tarapith temple is adjacent to cremation grounds, but cremation grounds is obscured by a busy shopping lane. One has to specifically ask for the cremation grounds as the entry to that is a small lane in-between shops.

Although entry to temple is free but to get a fast darshan, one has to pay Rs. 200/ head to pandas. Evening arati is at 6 pm and it is a different experience as arathi is of tantric type.

Entry to cremation grounds is free, we will find lot of Aghori babas in the cremation grounds. They will be busy in their own sadhanas.
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