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Ideal duration: 1 day

Best time: Sep-Mar (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Kolkata (Check Flights)


"The city of Tantra Mantra"

Tarapith Tourism

Tarapith is a famous Hindu pilgrimage in the state of West Bengal and a Shakti Peetha, believed to be the spot where Sati's third eye fell. Tara, another form of Sati, is worshipped in the temple.

The town of Tarapith is a small, crowded rural town near the Dwarka river in Birbhum district and is also called the city of Tantra Mantra or black magic. Another legend tells the story of how Shiva had drunk the poison - Halahala, that would save the universe. To soothe his burning throat, Tara had breast-fed Shiva and nursed him. The history of the place is steeped in black magic and there is a huge cremation ground adjacent to the powerful Shakti peeth. Chanting can be heard at the cremation grounds at all hours and a sense of mystery engulfs the village.

Hotels in Tarapith

Top Hotels in Tarapith

  • Jayanti Hotel

    INR 1,000 /night onwards

  • Hotel Srikrishna International

    INR 629 /night onwards

  • New Binapani Lodge Deluxe II

    INR 999 /night onwards

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Legend has it, that the eyeball of Sati (Lord Shiva's wife) fell down at Tarapith. In Bengali, the eyeball is called 'Tara' and that is why the name of the village was changed from the earlier Chandipur to Tarapith. It is said that in ancient times Saint Bashistha attained his divinity by worshipping the Goddess Sati or Tara (in the form of Kali).

There are many moderate local restaurants providing local Bengali cuisine.

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Day 1- Arrive, check-in and rest. Then visit the local food joints and local bazaars.
Day 2- Visit the Nalateshwari Temple, Bamdev Shangha Ashram and Tarapith Temple.

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9 months ago by Rohit Shroff

- Tarapith is unofficially known as the city of tantra mantra or black magic. It is a city of superstitions and blind faith and to an extent misguided worship.- Beware of priests who offer you deals to get rid of curses or black magic. Take care of your things. Don't fall into unnecessary mess.

9 months ago by Soumita Ghosh

Tarapith is a religious place ideal for people who are looking for a one day trip. Thriving with tourists, this place is dotted with several hotels and guest houses. The hotels are cost effective and provide a comfortable place of stay as well as good food. We were also provided with mosquito repellent liquid vaporizers to keep away any mosquitoes. You will be required to deposit your wallets, cellphones and shoes at specific places outside the temple, so I will advise you not to carry much money with you. Since the temple remains extremely crowded throughout the day, make sure to keep your belongings safe.

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  What's Great?

Rich history. Beautiful temples.

  What's not so Great?

Difficult to reach. Summers can be extreme.

For Whom

Gopalpur is a great getaway for those living in and around West Bengal and a great place for history buffs.


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