Tara Tarini Temple, Behrampur in Orissa

Taratarini Temple Behrampur Orissa

Taratarini Temple Behrampur Orissa

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.

Taratarini Temple Behrampur Orissa

Taratarini Temple in Behrampur, Orissa

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.

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  1. Ram Prasad Tripathy says:

    Tara Tarini: A major Shakti Peetha and Tantra Peetha

    Maa Tara Tarini Shrine is situated on the holy Tarini Parvat ( also known as Purnagiri/Ratnagiri), on the south bank of River Rushikulya at a distance of 30 km from Berhampur city in Odisha, India.

    Embedded in the hoary past, mentioned in the Puranas and the Tantras as the main seat of Shakti worship since times immemorial, the Tara Tarini Hill Shrine is an important pre-historic Shakti center. It is believed to be the Sthana Peetha or Breast shrine of Adi Sakti and it is among the 51 shakti pethas of India.

    This Hill Shrine is one of the oldest Shrines of Mother Goddess and is considered as one amongst the four major ancient Shakti peeths of India, which draw their origin from the limbs of the Corpse of “Mata Sati” in Satya Yuga. The popular belief is that Breast of Goddess Sati fell here and hence it is revered as the Stana Peetha of Adi Shakti.

    Adi Shakti Peethas

    The great mythological texts including the Shiva Purana, the Kalika Purana (the Asthashakti), and the Devi Bhagavata all recognize the four major Shakti Peethas. Like (Bimala, Pada Khanda) inside the Jagannath Temple, Puri, Odisha, (Tara Tarini) Sthana Khanda (Breasts), near Berhampur, Odisha, (Kamakshi, Yoni khanda) near Guwahati, Assam and (Dakhina Kalika, Mukha khanda) in Kolkata, West Bengal originated from the limbs of the Corpse of Mata Sati. In a hymn, the Kalika Purana (Asthashakti) clearly says:

    “Vimala Pada khandancha,
    Stana khandancha Tarini (Tara Tarini),
    Kamakhya Yoni khandancha,
    Mukha khandancha Kalika (Kali)
    Anga pratyanga sangena
    Vishnu Chakra Kshate nacha……..”
    The abode of Maa Tara Tarini

    Adi Shakti Goddesses Tara Tarini have been regarded as the presiding deity (Ista-Devi) in many parts of India and in most of the households in Odisha. The historically famous Jaugada rock edict of Emperor Asoka and the pious river Rishikulya, which has been described in Rig Veda as ‘Gangayah Jyestha Bhagini’ (i.e. the elder sister of the Ganges), are also present near this holy shrine.

    Since time immemorial, Adyashakti is being worshiped here as Devi Tara Tarini on the blue capped holy mountain of Tarini Parvat/Kumari hills/Ratnagiri/Purnagiri. At the hill top a beautiful stone temple is the abode of Maa. Two stones anthropomorphized by the addition of gold and silver ornaments and shaped to be seen as human faces are the main Shrine of this temple which represents the Goddesses Tara and Tarini. In between them are placed two fully celebrated and beautiful brass heads as their Chalanti Pratima or their Living Image. Worship at this important centre of Shakta cult has been continuing since time immemorial.

    It is believed that here one can get DHARMA, ARTHA,KAMA & MOKSHYA or everything to lead a comfortable life during this life time and beyond.

    -Jai Jai Maa Tara Tarini

    Tara Tarini: A major Shakti Peetha and Tantra Peetha
    Maa Tara Tarini Shrine is situated on the holy Tarini Parvat ( also known as Purnagiri/Ratnagiri), on the south bank of River Rushikulya at a distance of 30 km from Berhampur city in Odisha, India.

    Embedded in the hoary past, mentioned in the Puranas and the Tantras as the main seat of Shakti worship since times immemorial, the Tara Tarini Hill Shrine is an important pre-historic Shakti center. It is believed to be the Sthana Peetha or Breast shrine of Adi Sakti and it is among the 51 shakti pethas of India.

    This Hill Shrine is one of the oldest Shrines of Mother Goddess and is considered as one amongst the four major ancient Shakti peeths of India, which draw their origin from the limbs of the Corpse of “Mata Sati” in Satya Yuga. The popular belief is that Breast of Goddess Sati fell here and hence it is revered as the Stana Peetha of Adi Shakti.

    Adi Shakti Peethas

    The great mythological texts including the Shiva Purana, the Kalika Purana (the Asthashakti), and the Devi Bhagavata all recognize the four major Shakti Peethas. Like (Bimala, Pada Khanda) inside the Jagannath Temple, Puri, Odisha, (Tara Tarini) Sthana Khanda (Breasts), near Berhampur, Odisha, (Kamakshi, Yoni khanda) near Guwahati, Assam and (Dakhina Kalika, Mukha khanda) in Kolkata, West Bengal originated from the limbs of the Corpse of Mata Sati. In a hymn, the Kalika Purana (Asthashakti) clearly says:

    “Vimala Pada khandancha,
    Stana khandancha Tarini (Tara Tarini),
    Kamakhya Yoni khandancha,
    Mukha khandancha Kalika (Kali)
    Anga pratyanga sangena
    Vishnu Chakra Kshate nacha……..”
    The abode of Maa Tara Tarini

    Adi Shakti Goddesses Tara Tarini have been regarded as the presiding deity (Ista-Devi) in many parts of India and in most of the households in Odisha. The historically famous Jaugada rock edict of Emperor Asoka and the pious river Rishikulya, which has been described in Rig Veda as ‘Gangayah Jyestha Bhagini’ (i.e. the elder sister of the Ganges), are also present near this holy shrine.

    Since time immemorial, Adyashakti is being worshiped here as Devi Tara Tarini on the blue capped holy mountain of Tarini Parvat/Kumari hills/Ratnagiri/Purnagiri. At the hill top a beautiful stone temple is the abode of Maa. Two stones anthropomorphized by the addition of gold and silver ornaments and shaped to be seen as human faces are the main Shrine of this temple which represents the Goddesses Tara and Tarini. In between them are placed two fully celebrated and beautiful brass heads as their Chalanti Pratima or their Living Image. Worship at this important centre of Shakta cult has been continuing since time immemorial.

    It is believed that here one can get DHARMA, ARTHA,KAMA & MOKSHYA or everything to lead a comfortable life during this life time and beyond.

    -Jai Jai Maa Tara Tarini

    Ram Prasad Tripathy
    Tulsi Nagar 5th
    Berhampur
    Odisha