About Taraknath Temple:
Taraknath is the name which has been given to Lord Shiva and the temple has been dedicated to lord Shiva, who at the temple is revered with the name Taraknath. The temple is one of the well known temples of the state of West Bengal, India and is situated in Tarakeswar city of Hooghly district. It is written in the history that the temple was built by Raja Bharamalla in 1729 AD. Atchala is the architecture style of West Bengal and the temple has been built with the same style. In the nearby areas of the temple shrines of Goddess Lakshami Narayan and Goddess Kali (Indian god) is present. To the North of the temple is located the Dudhpukur water tank, which is believed to be a holy tank and people in order to get salvation and to get their wishes fulfilled, take dip into the Dudhpukur water tank. The temple has been built in a typical Bengali style with an inner shrine and a balcony in front of the shrine. There’s a marble pathway in the balcony and the balcony having four sides and right in front of the balcony is large hall for devotees to sit and meditate.
Taraknath Temple is considered among one of the 12 abodes of Lord Shiva. It is one of the Jyotirlinga temples in India. This temple also has minor shrines dedicated to Goddess Kali and Lord Lakshmi-Narayan. Some of the auspicious occasions at this temple are Shravana month, Maha Shivratri, Chaitra Sankranti and so on. Inside the temple of Taraknath, Lord Shiva is worshiped as Taraknath or Tarakeswar.
History of Taraknath Temple:
The history of the temple has been linked to 18th century which is considered to be the time when Lord Shiva (Hindu god) came in his devotee’s dream and asked him to get the Shiva Linga discovered deep in the forest in the town of Tarlkeswara and also build a temple of Lord Shiva at the site. Later the temple was constructed near the Swayambhu linga which was called as Baba Taraknath.
It’s said that one of the ardent devotees of Lord Shiva named Vishnu Das who travelled all across from Ayodhya to Tarakeshwar. On one particular day his brother found a place in the temple where his cows used to give their milk every day. To his surprise a he discovered a Shiva Linga at the same place and it is believed that he came to know about the Shiva Linga when God himself told him in his dream to find the Linga. And this is how, villages decided to build a temple at the site.
As per local legends, the temple was built after a dream which led the mendicant brother of Raja Vishnu Das to discover a Linga in the jungles near Tarakeswar. The temple was later built around the Swayambhu linga (self-manifested) referred as BabaTaraknath 1729 AD.
Best Time to Visit:
Devotees visit the temple particularly on Mondays, which are considered to be the day of Lord Shiva Puja. While on Maha Shivaratri and Gajan, the temple witnesses flock of devotees who queue in large gathering to take a glimpse of their favourite God. Gajan is celebrated in a time span of five days and it gets concluded on the ending day of the Chaitra month while Maha Shivaratri is celebrated in the Phalgun month. In addition to that, during Sravana, Lord Shiva is revered by all his devotees and on all the Mondays of Srawana.
The temple is one of the most sought after pilgrimages of India and people come here to get their plethora of wishes fulfilled. They ask from the most benevolent of all the God and Goddesses, Salvation, wealth, Knowledge, various materialistic articles, peace, relief from diseases and many more, which depends on the devotees.
TARAKASHWAR is a major pilgrimage point, near Kolkata. Temple is built with a special Bengal temple architecture. Temple was later built around the Swayambhu linga, self-manifested, referred as Baba Taraknath in 1729 AD. The temple is also one of the oldest in the city, dating back to the 18th century. Thousands of devotees, from all over India, come here to offer their prayers to the presiding deity Lord Tarakeshwar.
Timing for Darshan at Taraknath Temple:
Morning – 6:00 am to 1:30 pm and Evening - 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Taraknath Mandir Rd, Tarkeshwar, Hooghly District, West Bengal 712410