Guys today we are gonna learn about the Tara Tarini Temple. The temple is one of the oldest pilgrimage centers of Mother goddesses and one of the four major ancient Tantra Peethas and Shakti Peethas in India. It is also one of the four Adi Shakti Peetha.
Story of Tara Tarini Temple
According to the famous legend of Goddess Sati who married to Lord Shiva against his father Prajapati Daksha wishes. As a result he insulted Shiva and Sati, and not invited them in the grand Yagya where all the gods were invited. Sati went to yagya even when she was not invited and as a result she was insulted by Daksha. Unable to withstand this insult, Sati sacrificed herself in the fire. Lord Shiva became angry at his wife’s death and wild, grief-stricken Shiva wandered the universe with her half-burnt corpse. To overcome this grief, Shiva has to get rid of Sati’s corpse but his love wouldn’t let him do it. Finally, Lord Vishnu used his Sudarshan Chakra to dismember her body into 51 parts, each of which fell on different places on the earth, each creating a Shakti Pitha. The Tara Tarini Temple was the place where Breasts fell and now it is revered as the holiest place to worship goddess Sati.
According to another legend, During Mahabharata Lord Krishna advised Arjuna to pray for victory from Shridevi Kupa or Bhadrakali.
Famous Festivals of the Temple
This Chaitra Parba/Chaitra Mela/Chaitra Yatra is the most important among the festivals, celebrated at the Tara Tarini Hill Shrine.
It takes place on each Tuesday of the month of Chaitra, i.e., during mid-March to mid-April. Lakhs of devotees come from every corner of the world to have darshan of the Tara Tarini and perform their Manasika after fulfillment of their desires. Grand congregations take place on the first, second, third and fourth Tuesdays. On Tuesday, the shrine remains open for the Darshan of the deities from 1.00 AM till 11 PM. During that period, Pahada of the deities is confined to night-time only. Devotees come to offer the first bunch of hair of the newborn babies with the belief that goddesses Tara Tarini will protect the newborns from all evils and ensure their well-being. Also on each sankranti, special pujas are done in the temple.
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