Ugra Tara Temple



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Ugra Tara Temple, Guwahati Overview

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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The temple of Ugra Tara has a lot of stories and myths attached to it. Legend goes to say that, when Goddess Sati burned herself because she was humiliated by her father during a yagna as she had come uninvited and unannounced; her husband Lord Shiva flew in a rage. He carried her body and performed tandava. That’s when Lord Vishnu came to help and cut her body with his mighty Ashoka Chakra. Her navel is said to have fallen at this spot where Ugra Tara temple was constructed later.

Another story suggests that Yama (God of Hell) complained to Lord Brahma that no person was sent to hell from the Kamarupa area because of its sacredness. Lord Brahma in turn went to Lord Shiva, and so Goddess Ugra was asked to send away her people. Later, Goddess Ugra sent her army to bring back her people. The army met Sage Vashishtha on its way back and disturbed his meditation. In anguish and rage, the sage cursed Goddess Ugra and Lord Shiva. Thence, all sadhnas were given up in Kamarupa and people started worshipping the Goddess. Also, Goddess Ugratara is worshipped in Buddhism.

The best time to visit Ugra Tara temple is during Durga Puja. The whole temple lights up with zeal and fervour. Several buffaloes are sacrificed to appease the Goddess. We recommend you to visit at the time of the celebrations to have a memorable trip.

Guwahati is well connected through state-run buses, taxi cabs and auto rickshaws. You can either drive down or hire a private vehicle. Alternatively, you can take a public bus to reach your destination.

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