Tarakeshwar Shravani Mela Special Trains 2015 between Howrah – Tarakeswar, Sheoraphuli – Tarakeswar & Arambagh – Tarakeswar.
To clear the expected heavy rush of pilgrims during Shravani Mela at Tarakeswar, Eastern Railway will run a total of 9 (nine) pairs of EMU special trains between Howrah & Tarakeswar, Sheoraphuli & Tarakeswar and Arambagh & Tarakeswar each on all Sundays and Mondays from 18 July 2015 to 29 August 2015, including two (2) Saturdays on 15 & 29 August, 2015, in addition to usual train services.
The Taraknath temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva worshiped as Taraknath, is a major pilgrimage spot in the town of Tarakeswar, West Bengal. Built in 1729, the temple is an ‘atchala’ structure of Bengal temple architecture with a ‘natmandir’ in front. Close by are the shrines of Kali and Lakshmi Narayan. Dudhpukur, a tank to the north of the Shiva temple is believed to fulfil the prayers of those taking a dip in it.
Pilgrims visit the temple throughout the year, especially on Mondays. But thousands of pilgrims visit Tarakeswar on the occasions of ‘Shivaratri’ and ‘Gajan’, the former taking place in Phalgun (Feb-March) while the latter lasts for five days ending on the last day of Chaitra (mid-April). The month of Sravana (mid-July to mid-August) is auspicious for Shiva when celebrations are held n each Monday.