Tara Tarini Sthana Peeth is located on the holy Taratarini hill locally named as Purnagiri which situated nearly 30 km from the district of Berhampur, in the state of Orissa, India. The Taratarini Hill Shrine is one of four major ancient Shakti Peethas in India.
Tara Tarini Temple is also one of the oldest pilgrimage centers among the Hindu devotees of the Mother Goddess. As manifestations of Adi Shakti, the Twin Goddesses Tara and Tarini are largely worshiped with dedication and devotion at this temple.
It is to be noted that the Goddesses Tara and Tarini are significantly represented by two stone statues that is adored with silver and gold ornaments. On the other hand, two attractive brass heads which are locally known as their Chalanti Pratima, or Living Image, are beautifully placed in between the statues.
According to the local folklore and mythological texts, this particular temple is visited by many icons like Lord Krishna, Lord Ram, the Pandavas, Lord Parasuram, and many saints like Balayogi Neelakanthi, Shri Chaitanya and Jagadguru Sankaracharya. It is to be noted that several ancient religions too came together at this temple like Tantricism, Buddhism, Hinduism, the Brahminical religion and the Vedic religion. This ancient temple is located on the bank of the river Rushikulya or the Rushikalyani.
The temple’s annual festival is celebrated with grand mela. Nearly lakhs of local devotees, native and foreign tourists visit this temple during the festival period. There are also hundreds of devotee’s daily offering prayers and ritual in this particular temple.
Address- Tara Tarini Sthana Peeth, holy Taratarini hill, Berhampur, Orissa, India.