Taraknath Temple, West Bengal

According to history, the Taraknath temple was built by Raja Bharamalla in the year of 1729 and one of major pilgrimage sites of West Bengal in Hooghly district. The Taraknath temple is a perfect example of the Atchala style of architecture prevalent in the state of West Bengal. Near the temple, the Dudhpukur water tank is located which is considered sacred by the devotees. As stated earlier, the temple follows the Bengali style of architecture comprising an inner shrine and a balcony located in front of the shrine. The balcony has four sides with a marble pathway in between connecting the shrine to the outside hall where devotees and tourists can sit and meditate.

Due to the popular lore surrounding the Taraknath temple, it is one of the most famous pilgrimage sites found in India and a huge number of devotees arrive here to receive Lord Taraknath’s blessings and get their wishes fulfilled.

In the vicinity of the Taraknath temple, other shrines dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi Narayan and Goddess Kali are present. There are stories which state that back in the 18th century, Lord Shiva appeared in his devotee’s dream and asked him to fetch the Shiva Linga situated deep in the forest near Tarakeshwar and then build the temple at that location. After construction, the Swayambhu Linga was called as Baba Taraknath by the devotees.

Devotees visit the temple to offer Puja mainly on Mondays as this day is believed to be ideal for Lord Shiva. Especially on the occasions of Maha Shivaratri and Gajan, a huge, staggering number of people arrive at the temple to offer Puja on these auspicious days. A crowd is also experienced during the Mondays of the Hindu month of Shrawan. The Taraknath temple can be easily accessible via road transportation of which are managed well in the Hooghly city and Kolkata city.

Timings

Taraknath Temple open at 06:00 AM to 01:30 PM and then 04:00 PM 07:00 PM

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