Tara Tarini temple, one of the Shakti Peetha is situated in Rajpura, Ganjam District of Odisha at a height of 708 feet. Tara Tarini temple is one of the ancient Tantra Pitha of Odisha. The Shakti Peetha is a place of worship to Goddess Shakti also called Goddess Sati, the main deity. Goddess Sati is the embodiment of Goddess Shakti (goddess of harmony) and also called such as Goddess Durga (goddess of strength) and Goddess Kali (goddess of destruction of evil).
It is said that the four major Shakti Peethas are created from the limbs of Goddess Sati‘s corpse. Apart from the following four Shakti Peethas, there are 51 other famous Peethas found from the religious books. The four major Adi Shakti Peethas are:
- Bimala Temple
- Tara Tarini Temple
- Kamakhya Temple
- Kalighat Kali Temple
Tara Tarini temple is considered as one of the most revered Shakti Peethas & Tantra Peethas and major pilgrimage centres of Hinduism. The Goddess Tara and Tarini has been the presiding deity in every house of South Odisha, a statue with gold and silver ornaments. Two brass heads are placed between the idols of Goddess Tara and Tarini representing as their living image. The mythology says that Lord Shiva had a dance of destruction (Rudra Tandava) carrying half burnt body of goddess Sati after goddess Sati’s self-immolation.
To stop the dance of destruction performed by Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu threw His Chakra (Sudharshan Chakra) on Goddess Sati’s body which dismembered Her body into 52 parts. Each body part or ornament of Goddess Sati that fell on different places of the earth, and is the places where the Adi Shakti temples are built. It is believed that the breast of Goddess Sati fell at the Kumari hills where the Tara Tarini Peetha is situated.
The temple is open from 5.00 am to 11.00 pm
- Sankranti Mela – January
- Dola Purnima – February or March
- Chaitra Parba – March or April
- Basantika Parba – March or April
- Chitalagi Amabasya – July or August
- Saptapuri Amabasya – August
- Saradiya Parba – September or October
- Deepavali – October or November
- Location and Transportation
Berhampur is 35 km from the temple, Bhubaneswar (165 km) and Puri (220 km). Auto-rickshaws and cycle-rickshaws are available to move around.
The nearest railway station is Berhampur on the Howrah-Chennai line of Southeastern Railway. One can take trains to Calcutta and Chennai from this place.
Situated 165 km away, Bhubaneswar is the nearest airport from where one can take flights for major cities such as Delhi and Calcutta.
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