Thursday, 23 July 2009

Tara Tarini Orissa India continued

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 The Gateway to 999 Steps at Tara Tarini Hill
Tara Tarini Sthana Peeth is situated on Taratirini hill at a distance of 30 km. from Bramhapur, in the state of Orissa, India. The Twin Goddesses Tara and Tarini are worshiped as manifestations of Adi Shakti . Taratarini Hill Shrine is one of the oldest pilgrimage centers of Mother Goddess and is one amongst the four major ancient Shakti Pithas in India. The Mythological Texts recognize four major Shakti Peethas (centers) like Bimala, Tara Tarini (Orissa), Kamakshi (Assam) and Dakhina Kalika (West Bengal, Kolkata) among the 4 Adi Shakti Peeths and apart from these there are other 52 sacred Shakti Peethas, which originated from the limbs of the Corpse of Mata Sati in the Satya Yuga.
(Source: Wikipedia)
 
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999 Steps to climb to reach to the temple at the top of the hill

By the time Ashoka conquered Kalinga he found it a famous centre of Buddhism. The region of Ganjam near the bank of river Rushikulya was an active Buddhist site as shown from the Special Rock Edicts of Ashoka found at Jaugada at a distance of 4 Km from Tara-Tarini Hill. The name Tara (Buddhism), an important deity of Mahayana Buddhist Pantheon, is suggestive of Buddhist influence. An image of Buddha in meditation, present inside the sanctum sanctorum of the temple lends credence to the claim of this site as an ancient centre of the Buddhist Shakta cult. It has been suggested that from a tribal cult with Buddhist influence the Tara-Tarini Cult may have been transformed into the Shakti Cult through the process of Sanskritisation.
(Source: Wikipedia) 
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View Of the Rushikulya river from the top of Tarini Hill
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 Shops to buy ingredients for offerings to Goddess
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 Shoe stand near the temple
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 The Holy tree near the Temple
It is believed that wishes are fulfilled, if you tie holy thread to this tree. As you can see there are many priests sitting near the holy tree, they chant holy words as you tie the sacred thread to branches of this tree.
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 Gate of the temple
A bit from history: 
By the time Ashoka conquered Kalinga he found it a famous centre of Buddhism. The region of Ganjam near the bank of river Rushikulya was an active Buddhist site as shown from the Special Rock Edicts of Ashoka found at Jaugada at a distance of 4 Km from Tara-Tarini Hill. The name Tara (Buddhism), an important deity of Mahayana Buddhist Pantheon, is suggestive of Buddhist influence. An image of Buddha in meditation, present inside the sanctum sanctorum of the temple lends credence to the claim of this site as an ancient centre of the Buddhist Shakta cult.[1] It has been suggested that from a tribal cult with Buddhist influence the Tara-Tarini Cult may have been transformed into the Shakti Cult through the process of Sanskritisation.
(Source: Wikipedia)   
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 The Tara Tarini Temple
The mythological texts recognize four major Shakti Peethas (centers), like Bimala, Taratarini, Kamakshya and Dakhina Kalika, which originated from the limbs of the Corpse of Mata Sati in the Satya Yuga.
Rooted in the hoary past, mentioned in the Puranas, the Tantras and as the main seat of Tantric cult for thousands of years and center of Shakti worship since time immemorial, this Hill Shrine is believed to be the Sthana Peetha (Breast Shrine of Mata Sati) and an important prehistoric religious center which bears an uninterrupted history of about 6000 years.
According to mythological texts and folk lore this Shrine has seen all the greatest icons of the human civilization like Lord Ram, Lord Krishna, Lord Parasuram, the Pandavas and great saints like Jagadguru Sankaracharya, Shri Chaitanya and Balayogi Neelakanthi. It has also been the confluence ground of plethora of ancient religions like the Vedic religion, the Brahminical religion, the Hinduism, the Buddhism, the Tantricism etc. Unquestionably, these facts from the mythology demonstrate the historicity and importance of the Hill Shrine it occupied in the past. Further, the presence of the mythological pious river Rushikulya or Rushikalyani (Known as the elder sister of the Ganges in the Vedas) on the foothill of the Shrine has further enhanced the significance of the Tara Tarini Shakti Dham also known as Kalyani Dham.
(Source: Wikipedia)
 
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 On my back climbing down last step
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 6000 YEARS HISTORY
According to the mythological Puranas the origin of Maa Tara Tarini is directly attributed to Daksha Prajapati’s Jagna in Satya Yuga. The famous Shakta Peethas of Bimala, Tara-Tarini, Dakshina Kalika, and Kamakshi originated from the limbs of the divine Corpse of Devi Sati. Mythological sacred texts like the Shiva Purana, the Kalika Purana, the Devi Bhagabat (a contemporary text of the Mahabharata written by Shri Vyasa Dev around 6000 years ago) attested this fact. It is known from the Mahabharata that before the commencement of the Mahabharata war Lord Srikrishna had advised Arjuna to offer prayer for victory at Shridevi kupa or Bhadrakali. Bhadrakali originated from the limbs of Mata Sati like the other four major Shakti Peethas, existed during the time of the Mahabharata or around 6000 years ago. This is the oldest data/information we get till date, regarding the existence of the Shrine of Tara Tarini.
(Source: Wikipedia)
 
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Back to Tarini Chhak
I finished my journey to the Tara Tarini temple at around 4 pm and now i am ready to catch train at Berhampur Train station.

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for the extensive coverage you have made about Taratarini. No doubt, it is a beautiful destination. I have not visited this shrine but listen a lot about it. Plz. suggest, how can I go to Taratarini from Delhi and where can I stay/ get best accommodation.
    Kamal

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  2. Take a train from Delhi to Berhampur and then you need to catch a bus from New bus stand Berhampur to reach Taratarini. You can find accommodation near Berhampur bus stand also near main market.Good luck.

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