Tarapith, situated near the Dwaraka River, is a small temple town near Rampurhat. It is known for its Tantric temple and its adjoining cremation grounds where Tantric rites are performed. The Tantric Hindu temple is dedicated to goddess Tara, a fearsome Tantric aspect of the Hindu Divine Mother and is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas. Tarapith derives its name from its association as the most important centre of Tara worship and her cult. The place is also famous for Bamakhepa known as the 'mad saint', who worshipped in the temple and resided in the cremation grounds as a mendicant. It is a major Hindu pilgrimage centre and several thousand devotees visit the temple every day.
There are several legends narrated on the origin and importance of this place, all related to the goddess Tara deified in the Tarapith temple. A well-known legend relates to the Shakti Piths. It is one such place where the eye ball of Sati had fallen and hence Sakthi is worshipped.
By Air: Nearest airport to Tarapith is Kolkata, 225 km.
By Rail: Nearest railway station is Rampurhat, which is connected to major stations like Howrah and Sealdah.
By Road: It can be accessed by buses from neighboring cities. It well connected to Esplanade/Dharamtalla bus stand, Kolkata.
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