Ugratara Temple is located at the western side of a tank called Jor Pukhury tank, Guwahati, state of Assam, dedicated to Goddess Tara, a form of Goddess Shakti. (Popularly called as Goddess Sati). Ugratara Temple is believed to be one of the Shakti Peetha temples, dedicated to Goddess Parvati. Ugratara Temple was believed to be built in the early 1725 A.D. by Siva Singha, the Ahom King. 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 Parvati, goddess of harmony and Goddess Durga, goddess of strength and goddess Mahakali, goddess of destruction of evil. It is said that the four major Shakti Peethas are created from the limbs of Goddess Sati‘s corpse. The body part or ornament of Goddess Shakti that fell to the earth, is the place where the Adi Shakti temples are built. There are 52 Shakti Peetha temples found in the religious books. Apart from the 52 Shakti Peetha temples, there are four other Shakti Peetha temples, which are regarded most sacred. The four major Adi Shakti Peetha temples are:
- Bimala Temple
- Tara Tarini Temple
- Kamakhya Temple
- Dakhina Kalika Temple
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. And it is believed that the navel of Goddess Sati have fallen at this place where the Ugratara temple was dedicated to Goddess Sati in the name of Goddess Tara.
The Ugratara temple has no idol of the Goddess housed in the sanctum sanctorum. Instead there is a small pit filled with water is worshipped as the main goddess of this temple. Beside Ugratara temple, found a holy Shivalaya and a pond which adds more beauty to the surroundings of the temple. Ugratara Temple is also related with Buddhism, which are identified by the Buddhist pantheon like Tiksna-Kanta, Eka-Jata, etc.
And the literature Kalika Purana describes a Shakti Peetha known as Dikkara vasini, who has two other forms called Tikshna kantha and Lalitha kantha. The Tikshna kantha is considered and known to be Goddess Ugratara or Eka Jata as Tikshna kantha is black in color and potbellied. Whereas Lalitha kantha also called as Tamreshwari is seen elegant and beautiful. The Goddess of Ugratara temple was mostly worshiped as Goddess Kamakhya by the devotees. Goddess Tara was popularly offered with flesh, coconuts, sugar cane, liquor, and Modaka.
The temple remains open from morning 6.00 AM to evening 7.00 PM.
- Durga Puja – September or October
- Navaratri – September or October
Ugratara Temple is well-connected via road network to all nearby foremost places within the state or to its neighboring states. Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) serve with buses from Guwahati to neighboring states to access Ugra Tara Temple.
The nearest railway station to Ugratara Temple is Guwahati train station Junction which serves with trains to major cities.
The nearest airport to Ugratara Temple is Guwahati airport, Guwahati which is 19 KM away from Ugra Tara Temple.
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