Based in the heart of Guwahati city in the Lotaxil locality, Ugra Tara Temple enshrines the deity of Tara (Devi). Built in 1725 by the Ahom ruler Siva Singh, the important Shakti temple is thronged by tourists and devotees alike. The temple is unique in the sense that it does not have an idol like generic temples do; instead, the inner sanctum houses a pitch of water which is worshipped as Goddess Tara who is believed to be an incarnation of Goddess Parvati.
The temple complex also houses a water tank in the vicinity called Jorepukhuri, situated to the east of the shrine. This tank is known to have survived a devastating earthquake which destroyed the upper part of the temple. Goddess Ugra Tara is revered as Goddess Kamakhya and is showered with offerings and sacrifices. It is believed that the Goddess likes consuming meat, coconut and liquor; hence, her devotees show their love and devotion by offering the same.
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