The tradition of Shakti worship in India can be traced back to the period of antiquity. Shakti is the mother of Universe the highest primal power transferred to powerful Goddess representing the creative force, Matrika, later developed to Shakti or Prakriti under various names of Sati or Devi (Durga / Parvati)ad depicted in Puranas and other historical books of classical tantra literature. There are a number of important Shakta centers (called pitha) in India and among these Orissa has been considered to be one of the most important Shakti centre as north Orissa was traditionally called Udra desa (land of the Udra) who were the experts in Uddisa tantra.

LocationTempleLegends

Location
Tara-Tarini located atop the Kumari hills on the south bank of River Rushikulya, is near Purushottampur in Ganjam District. It is one of the most ancient Shakti pitha of Orissa. Situated at a distance of 30 Kms towards north of Brahmapur (Berhampore) it is accessible by motor transport. The hill is about 708 feet high spreading over 180 acres. Popularly known as Tara Tarini parvata (hill) and is surrounded by natural.
Access
There are 999 steps on the front side of the hill leading to the temple with the 1000th step being the base of the temple. Pilgrims are expected to recite Her name a thousand times (or a thousand names) before reaching Her abode from the foot of the hill as they climb the 1000 steps. Less able pilgrims can access her shrine using a motorable winding road arriving at the back of the temple. Modern amenities like bottled water, soda and small bites are available. You can buy a meal at the counter and would be served the Prasad (food offered to the Devi Tara-Tarini). There is a local market at the site with articles of puja /archana and you don’t have to carry anything except your faith. This market is ONLY run by ladies as per the standing orders of the Goddess Tara!
[mappress width=”100%” mapid=”2″]

The Temple
New Temple replaces ancient shrine
New Temple replaces ancient shrine
A beautiful temple houses the shrine of Tara-Tarini Devi. It is impossible to date the worship and this is definitely very ancient. The idols of the Goddesses Tara and Tarini are two stones anthropomorphized by the addition of gold and silver ornaments and shaped to seem like female human faces. These are the original natural stone idols. Two bejewelled beautiful brass heads are placed near them and are the representations of Tara and Tarini (called Chalanti Pratima) used for fairs and festivals. Historians believe that from a tribal cult Tara-Tarini have been transformed into Shakti cult through the process of aryanisation! The aryanisation theory of Max Mueller has already been debunked by the BBC and we wonder what shall ever remain of the writings of these historians.

Background
Goddesses Tara-Tarini have been regarded as the protector deity in almost every house in South Orissa. At the time of the invasion of Asoka of Magadha (modern Bihar), the capital of South Orissa was about 4km from this shrine. Evidence of this is seen in the special rock edict of Asoka found at Samapa (modern Jaugada) which was the southern capital of Kalinga. Although there is no evidence of Buddhism in this edict, historians infer that the Tara tantricism of Mahayana Buddhism has its roots at this shrine based on a small image of Buddha in its meditating sitting posture, present inside the sanctum sanctorum of the main temple.

The maritime history of Kalinga also suggests Tara worship by the Sadhavas (merchants and sea-farers) before launching on their sea voyage. Although not now, in ancient times river Rushikulya was conducive for river navigation. Ruins of a brick foundation at village Mukundapur on the south bank of river Rushiklya at the bottom of Tara-Tarini hill and the ganda (deep river point) adjacent to these constructions point at flourishing maritime activities and link the sea-farers to Tara-Tarini. Tarini derived from tarana, specifically means to cross over like crossing a sea, river or the seven spiritual oceans as well.

Pahada is the resting time of the deity observed twice (a) Afternoon siesta 12.35 – 2.15 PM. and (b) Sleep 9.45 PM. to 5 AM. During festivities this is forsaken and the deity sleeps for just five hours – midnight to 5 AM
Balamukhi is parsva devata. I wonder if this still exists in the new temple
Don’t have to walk the steps nowadays – there’s a new ropeway! Hope they can have a ropeway to heaven!
Sanjay Rath @TaraTarini, 2003 – bliss of the yellow flower!
simplicity is the hallmark of the brahmins of Odisha – pure and clear heart
Pauranic Legends
Anything as old as the Tara-Tarini shrine must have a lot of legend and folklore associated. The puranic tradition (first record in Daksha Yagya Chapter of Kalika Purana) connects the Shrine to the Daksha Yagya where Goddess Sati (the pure one) spouse of Shiva immolated herself in the fire of the sacrifice of her father Daksha Prajapati. Her body broke into 108 parts that fell all over the Indian subcontinent – the Mother Land. Her limbs symbolising her strength and the power of action, fell on the Kumari Hill from which the famous Shakta Pitha of Tara-Tarini originated. The two faces are symbolic of the two limbs, the right and left.

Reason for the immolation was the deliberate neglect of his daughter and her husband Lord Siva by Daksa Prajapati as he thought them to be poor and not clean for the purpose of his fire sacrifice. When Devi Sati learnt of the fire sacrifice being held by her father from Narada, taking the permission of her husband to visit her father, she arrived at the Yangya site and enquired of her father, the reasons for ignoring her husband. Daksha spoke insulting words about Lord Siva which she could not tolerate and ended herself by immolating herself by yogic practices with the prayer to be born to a decent father.

Learning of this, Lord Siva was overtaken by grief at the loss of His beloved and created Virabhadra and Bhadra-Kali who led the Nandi and gana to wreck havoc on the sacrifice. Siva carried her body on his shoulders and then as he got angry, started the terrible dance of complete destruction – the Rudra Tandava (nritya) as moved around. On the request of the Devas, Brahma and especially Vishnu, Shani (symbolised by the Saturn graha) entered the corpse of Sati and disposed it in 108 parts (Devi Bhagavata). Shakta Pithas sprang up in the places where the organs of Sati fell. The Kalika Purana instead, states that Vishnu used the Sudarshana Chakra to cut the body into 51 pieces. Our tradition believes that these are the 51 alphabets of the Sanskrit letter (50 alphabets + om). Both versions are correct and have separate spiritual meanings related to creation.

With the weight of the body falling away and the night of horror ending, the anger of Siva subsided and he restored all back to life and even Sati reincarnated as Parvati. This is explained so beautifully in Kalidasa’s Kumarasambhavam as well as so many Tantra and Purana literature. Even Daksha was restored back to life with the head of a goat – human body and animal headed deities are symbolic of return of wisdom by the grace of guru and are called veda mürti i.e. icons of the Veda. This specific form is associated with Ajaikapada, the goat headed form teacher of Sama Veda. Other similar deities are – Ganesha – elephant head [All Veda], Nandisvara – ox head [Rig Veda], Hanuman – monkey head [Atharva Veda]. Deities like Hayagriva [horse head] and others are associated with other parts of the Veda and Upaveda as well.

It is said that the breasts of Sati fell at the Kumari Hills on the bank of river Rushikulya and thus the famous Tara Tarini Shakta Pitha arose at this place. See picture gallery where the two Kumari hills are seen as the breasts of Sati. The shrine is at the heart center on the left breast (hill).

taratarini05
Various folk legends talk of Tara and Tarini taking human forms as two beautiful girls who sometimes live with their devotees (only those who later become priests) and cause various miracles establish their presence with of the devotee. At times appearing or giving symbolic expressions, events or phenomena (nimitta) to remind devotees about their worship in order to alleviate suffering.

One of such folklore talks of a learned Brahmin Vasu Praharaja who hailed from Kharida Bira-Jagannathpur, a sasan village near Purushottampur. Praharaja was the foster father of the two sisters Tara and Tarini who became great devotees of the Mothers Tara-Tarini. By the divine ordinance of Goddesses Tara-Tarini, the sisters performed a great Yagya and all rituals necessary to properly establish the Shrine at the left hill top in a small temple for daily worship. This is the folk history of the first establishment of a temple.
Festival

The sign Pisces is associated with the twin Goddesses Tara-Tarini just as the two fishes symbolising the sign. The month of Chaitra when the Sun is in Pisces is considered the most auspicious for worshipping Her in the dual form. Cancer symbolising the breasts of the Mother is the fifth sign (worship) from Pisces. The days considered most auspicious are Tuesdays, especially those of Chaitra, which is festival time.

0 comments

You must be logged in to post a comment.

ConsultShortCallDoc

Standard Reading US$ 270
Vedic Reading with Pt. Sanjay Rath. Telephone or Personal meeting. Digital recordings emailed same day.
For Appointment Contact: Appointment@SRath.com




Quick Consult 30 Min US$ 180
Vedic Reading with Pt. Sanjay Rath. Telephone or Personal meeting.
For Appointment Contact: Appointment@SRath.com





Appointment: +91-98104 49850 | Email | Appointments
Call only with prior appointment
US:+1 (650) 209 4770
IN:+91 (11) 4504 8762
UK: +44 (20) 7617 7373
AU: +61 (03) 9013 7774
You MUST download, fill and email reading form to VedicReading@SRath.com
PDF is not advisible unless this is for personal meeting

Rich Text Format [rtf] 143.39 Kb

Word – DOC [doc] 98.50 Kb

Word – DOCX [docx] 45.24 Kb

Portable Document PDF [pdf] 89.05 Kb
Once you have downloaded and completed the Vedic Reading Form, please upload it
DropBox Upload
Reading Form

Guru-Śiṣya

PJC Updates
Sri Sarada Math
Guru Dakṣiṇā

Upcoming Events

  • PJC 2B Batch-2015 August 9, 2018 – August 26, 2018 Neelesh inn, Mandir Marg, Bhimtal, Uttarakhand 263136, India
  • Shraddha September 24, 2018 – October 8, 2018
  • PJC-2A Batch-2017 October 11, 2018 – November 4, 2018
  • Mantra Shastra I December 16, 2018 – December 22, 2018

Subscribe via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this website and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 4,931 other subscribers

Sagittarius Publications

Sagittarius Publications is the publisher and distributor the popular quaterly magazine the Jyotish Digest, as well as many thorough books on the subject of Vedic Astrology or Jyotish.
Among its popular publications are Collected Papers in Vedic Astrology, Brihat Nakshatra and Maharishi Jaimini Upadesa Sutra by Sanjay Rath and Nakshatra Vibhuti
www.sagittariuspublications.com
+91-11-45641849 9 AM - 5 PM

About Rath

  • Solar Eclipse 2014

    Annular Solar Apr-29Fred EspenakSeries: SEsaros148 Unlike the lunar eclipse which has a more spiritual signification as well as personal, the solar eclipse is of much greater importance as this shows the world changing around us. There are FOUR eclipses in 2014 (NASA Eclipse Web). Highlights of the eclipses are – […]

  • Lunar Eclipse of 2014

    There are FOUR eclipses in 2014 (NASA Eclipse Web). Highlights of the eclipses are – The two lunar eclipses precede the two solar eclipses The first pair occurs in April 2014 – lunar eclipse on April 15 and annular solar eclipse on April 29 The second pair occurs in October […]

  • Eclipse Factor

    Annular Solar Eclipse of May 31, 2003 Although the Sun is 400 times larger than the Moon, yet it is also about 400 times as far from the Earth than the Moon. This situation causes the two luminaries (Sun and Moon) to appear as about the same size in the […]

  • Devaguru Bṛhaspati Center

    Devaguru Bṛhaspati Center is a subsidiary of SJC (Śrī Jagannāth Center) with the objective of bringing out the traditional wisdom of the vedic seers which has been passed down through generations of vedic astrologers residing in the coast of Puri at Odissa state. Meanings Bṛhaspati (बृहस्पति) has been extolled in […]

  • Pañca Sakhā

    The five Mahāpuruṣa of Orissa are the initiators of the lineages. Our lineage of Vedic astrology comes from the holy feet of Sri Achyutananda. अच्युताय नमस्तुभ्यं गुरवे परमात्मने। सर्वतन्त्रस्वतन्त्राय चिद्घनानन्दमूर्तये॥ acyutāya namastubhyaṁ gurave paramātmane | sarvatantrasvatantrāya cidghanānandamūrtaye || Pancha Mahapurusha of Orissa … Pancha means five and sakha means friends […]

Spirituality

  • Bondage Freedom

    Ketu as the mokṣa-karaka is the giver of emancipation of every kind. Most astrologers only look at the spiritual aspect of freedom from rebirth, which truly is the penultimate goal. But there are many types of bondages and one seeks freedom from these or protection from it. Something like jail […]

  • Age of Śaktī

    Moon represents Ambikā who manifests as Durgā and all the śaktī of the various devatā. She is the bindu which gives life to every akṣara. If the akṣara represent the deva having the power to enlighten, their very existence and identity depends on the soma-rasa (milk of kindness) they receive […]

  • Om Hrīm Ritam Mantra

    Om Hrīm Ritam By Swami Vivekananda This is a San­skrit hymn to Sri Rama­kri­shna, com­posed by Swami Vivekananda.

  • Multiple Hanuman Jayanti

    In Sanskrit he is more appropriately called हनुमत् (hanumat) which means “one having mighty jaws” indicating the power to bite and hold on to the task – a symbol of determination. He is vānara (monkey) and one of the most celebrated of a host of divine ape-like beings, created by […]

  • Graha Puraścaraṇa Prayogaḥ

    साधुसंकुलि तन्त्र॥ These prayers are from the sādhusaṁkuli tantra and are titled ग्रहपुरश्चरण प्रयोगः (grahapuraścaraṇa prayogaḥ) Sun ॐ रक्तपद्मासनं देवं चतुर्बाहुसमन्वितम् । क्षत्रियं रक्तवर्नञच गोत्रं काश्यपसम्भवं॥ सप्ताश्वरथमारूढं प्रचण्डं सर्वसिद्धिदम् । द्विभुजं रक्तपद्मैश्च संयुक्तं प्र्माद्भुतं॥ कलिञगदेशजं देवं मौलिमाणिक्यभूषणम् । त्रिनेत्रं तेजसा पूर्णमुदयाचलसंस्थितं॥ द्वादशाञगुल-विस्तीर्णं प्रबरं घृतकौशिकम् । शिवाधिदैवं पुर्वास्यं ब्रह्मप्रत्यधिदैवतं॥ om raktapadmāsanaṁ […]

Learn Jyotisa

  • Dhana Kāraka Workshop

    Śrī Jagannāth Center announces its first workshop in the study of Dhana Yoga. This workshop shall lay the foundation for the study of wealth and career directions. There are three pivots to the study of life and these are the three charts – lagna, sūrya and chandra chakra. The role played by each of these charts is to be examined in the first day of this two-day workshop. On the second day, we examine the role of Devaguru Bṛhaspati as the kāraka. It is interesting that all three sattva guṇa planets – Sun, Moon and Jupiter play such an important role in life.
    […]

  • NY Workshop on Spiritual Yogas 2017

    Jyotiṣa of the Four Soul Yogas Dates: Weekend 22-23 July, 2017; 9.30am – 6.00pm Venue: The Alchemical Theatre Laboratory, 104 West 14th Street, between 6th & 7th Ave. New York, NY 10011; Bookings: One-Day $108 or Complete Workshop $180 Choose Participation Full Workshop $180.00 USD Saturday Only $108.00 USD Sunday […]

  • SFO Vimśottari Daśā Workshop

    Saturday Schedule AM 9-12: Sanjay Rath Introduction to Vimśottari Daśā; daśā periods; easy calculation; Janma daśā from Moon; four main types of vimśottari daśā – Janma, Utpanna, Kṣema and Ādhana Daśā; Choosing correct vimśottari daśā; although vimśottari daśā is to six levels, only two levels viz. daśā, antara will be […]

  • SAYF 18th Vedic Astrology Conference 2017

    18th Vedic Astrology Conference Exploring the Inner Journey through Yoga and Jyotisha Presented by Sanjay Rath, Sarbani Rath, Komilla Sutton, Andrew Foss PhD, William R. Levacy, PhD, James Kelleher, Keiko Ito, Bill Sinclair, Pandit Samavedula, Swami Sitaramananda Dates: Saturday, July 1 – Wednesday, July 5, 2017 Venue: 14651 Ballantree Ln, […]

  • BAVA 18th International Conference

    Faculty Pdt Sanjay Rath, Sarbani Rath, Pdt Samavedula, Dee Lekha, Keiko Ito, Bulbul Barrett, Vijaya Subramanian, Komilla Sutton, Andrew Foss, Geoffrey Pearce, Gordon Brennan, Barry Rosen. A brief biopic is included below. Venue Workshops on Thursday, Monday and Tuesday The Theosophical Society, 50 Gloucester Place London W1U 8EA. Nearest tube […]

Related Topics

  • Deep Introduction to Nakshatras

    25.08.2017 Interview on KRSchannel of Kapiel Raaj Transcribed by Natalia Fedorova Наталья Федорова Kapiel Raaj: Hello Ladies and Gentlemen, he is back, he was a blockbuster head on KRSchannel so we are bringing the sequel because the blockbuster head movie needs the sequels. Please help me welcome Shri Sanjay Rath […]

  • Bṛhaspati Kavacha Mantra

    In jyotiṣa there is a saying that when Jupiter protects there is none that can destroy. Jupiter brings in the great mantra powers into the fifth bhāva and dharma into the ninth bhāva. He is the ‘jīva graha’ responsible for bringing life into the various bodies. The Brahma Yamala lists […]

  • Sleep Direction

    The direction in which we sleep plays a vital role in automatically charging the body for the next day. Sleep is the natural means to rest and rejuvenate. It heals the mind and the body. In an average we sleep for a third part of our lives and this this […]

  • Oscar Pistorius found guilty of murder

    Related Articles Oscar Pistorius Reeva Steenkamp Murder Justice has its ways and in a case where the world thought that he may not be really guilty, we had actually pronounced him “Guilty of Murder”. On Dec. 3, 2015, a South African appeals court changed Oscar Pistorius’ manslaughter verdict and found […]

  • Thirty-Six Rājayoga Gemstones

    The Agni Purāṇa recommends thirty-six gemstones for activation of rājayoga for the kings. I guess ordinary mortals can also make good use of these recommendations. The Sanskrit recommendation and our translation is given below. वज्रं मरकतं रत्नं पद्मरागं च मोक्तिकम्॥ vajraṁ marakataṁ ratnaṁ padmarāgaṁ ca mouktikam|| (1) Diamond (2) Emerald […]

Learn from Tradition

Sohamsa offers online courses in jyotish (Vedic Astrology) taught directly by Sanjay Rath as per the tradition, through narrated power points and other audio tools. The courses are at different levels, from the beginners through the intermediate to the advanced and are known as SoHamsa | DBC courses, with individual classrooms and assistant teachers
Certificate Course, Jaimini Scholars
Free Courses