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"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.

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Tarapith Highlights

1. Bamakhepa Temple

Bamakhepa Temple
As soon as you enter the village, you will spot the Sri Sri Bamdev Smriti, a pink color temple dedicated to Saint Bamakhepa. Often called as the mad saint, Bamakhepa was a famous tantrik known for his divine craziness.

2. Tarapith Temple

Tarapith Temple
Tarapith is a small temple located on the banks of the Dwarka River that flows in Birbhum, at a distance of 264 km from Kolkata. The temple is ancient and is considered to be extremely auspicious by the Hindu community. The regal temple, one of the 51 Shakti Peeths in India, is one of the most important places where tantric rituals are followed even today. It remains busy all through the year and is often visited by the poor who come here to have a free meal.

3. Mahasmashana

Mahasmashana
Not really a touristy place, unless you are highly religiously inclined, the cremation ground is right besides the main temple is where you might find Goddess Tara, she is said to have an affinity for bones and skeleton.

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Mythology related to Tarapith

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).

Restaurants and Local Food in Tarapith

There are many moderate local restaurants providing local Bengali cuisine.
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Suggested Itinerary for Tarapith

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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FAQs on Tarapith

What is famous about Tarapith?

Rich history. Beautiful temples.

What is not so good about Tarapith?

Difficult to reach. Summers can be extreme.

Who should visit Tarapith?

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

What is the best time to visit Tarapith?

The weather is pleasant throughout the year, the heat starts settling after September as it starts getting breezy, hinting the arrival of winters. Most people prefer visiting Tarapith during November - December because the weather then is excellent to support any tourist excursion, with mist in the air and a dash of cold, Tarapith is lovely during that time. Some people also specifically prefer visiting Bengal during Durga Pujo just to witness the celebrations in the city.
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What is the local food in Tarapith?

There are many moderate local restaurants providing local Bengali cuisine.
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What is the best way to reach Tarapith?

Tarapith is a bit difficult to reach as it is directly accessible by road only.
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What are the places near Tarapith?

The top places near to Tarapith are Santiniketan which is 48 km from Tarapith, Murshidabad which is located 48 km from Tarapith, Kolkata which is located 180 km from Tarapith, Nabadwip which is located 97 km from Tarapith, Bishnupur which is located 124 km from Tarapith

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Rohit Shroff Shroff 2 years ago
- 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.
Soumita Ghosh 2 years ago
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.
Subir Talks 1 year ago
This is one of the finest place that I have visited. One can experience the feeling of vibration, the moment you enter the temple Arena. People go with true and pure devotion will definitely get blessings of Maa Tara for their satvic wish fulfilment. I am an astrologer from Mumbai, I had an experience that I can express with words. "Link Hidden"
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