Thursday, 22 October 2015

Friday, 9 October 2015

Shodasa Puja commences at Tara Tarini Shakti Peeth


The famous Sodasha Puja at Tara Tarini Shakti Peeth near Berhampur in Odisha started from Mulastami i.e. on 04 October, 2015. This Puja will continue till Mahastami i.e. on 20th October, 2015. In major Shakti Peethas like Kamakshya, Daksinakali, Tara Tarini, Bimala, Chamundeswari and Maha Kali the Durga Puja is observed for 16 days, starting from Bhadrapada Krushna Paksha Ashtami to Ashvina Shukla Paksha Navami of the Hindu Calendar, also known as Shodasa Puja or  Shodasa Dinatmaka Upachara.
Noteworthy Tara Tarini is worshiped as the Breast Shrine (Sthana Peetha) and manifestations of Adi Shakti. The Tara Tarini Shakti Peetha is one of the oldest pilgrimage centers of the Mother Goddess and is one of four major ancient Tantra Peethas and Shakti Peethas in India.
Amidst chanting of hymns the Sodasha Puja also known as Devi Utthapana began at Tara Tarini shrine after 3.00 pm on Mulastami. 108 Sevakas of Tara Tarini Shakti Peeth brought 108 pots of water from the holy Rushikulya River flowing at the foothill of the shrine.  After rituals of Snana, Majana, Mangala Arati, Maha Arati, Chhandi Path and commencement of Chandi Yagna in the established tradition, the goddess gave darshan to her devotees in the Rajarajeswari Besha and the entire process continued till 12.30 pm next day.
As per the information from the shrine, the Chandi Patha and Chandi Yagna started on the first day of Sodasha Puja will continue till last day of Vijayadashami / Dussehra. Out of the 16 days, the Navratri Puja will start from October 13 and will culminate on October 21. Navaratri is the last nine days of Shodasa Puja and the Shakti is also worshiped by devotees in different pandals for a period of nine days.
According to the Vedic scriptures, Adi Shakti or Goddess Durgā is a symbol of power. She is worshipped in nine different forms and is therefore termed Nava-durgā. Each of the nine manifestation of Durgā are  worshipped with full devotion during Navarātri at Tara Tarini Adi Shakti Peeth. These nine forms of manifestation are Śhailaputrī, Brahmachāriṇī, Chandrakaṇṭā, Kuṣhmāṇḍā, Skandamātā, Kātyāyanī, Kālarātrī, Mahāgaurī and Siddhidātrī. It is believed that if worshipped ‘Nava Durgā’ with religious fervor during Navaratri, it bestows all spiritual fulfillment to a devotee.
The Sodasha Puja, Navratri and Vijayadashami are very important and major festivals in the religious calendar of this Shakti Peeth. During this entire 16 days period, the sanctum of Maa Tara Tarini remains open round the clock for Darshan of the devotees. Lakhs of devotees gathering to obtain darshan of Maa during Sodasha Puja.

Monday, 30 March 2015

Lakhs throng Tara Tarini Shakti Peetha on Third Tuesday of Chaitra Yatra


More than five lakh devotees from various parts of the country and abroad thronged the Tara Tarini Shakti Peeth, which is believed to be the Stana Peeth (Breast Shrine) of the Adi Shakti-Maa Tara Tarini Shrine on March 24 (third Tuesday of the month of Chaitra). Located on the banks of river Rushikulya, the Tara Tarini hill shrine draws countless devotees every year, but the month of Chaitra and the third Tuesday in particular witnesses the largest congregation of devotees.
As per an age-old practice, more than 30,000 babies tonsured their heads during the day through ‘Mundan’ and offered hairs seeking the blessings of the mother Goddesses for a blissful life. The third Tuesday, considered the holiest in the annual calendar of events of the shrine, began with the chanting of traditional Mantras on the midnight of Monday. The priests performed the rituals of Snana, Majana and Maha Arati of the goddesses before the sanctum sanctorum of the shrine was thrown open for the devotees at 3 am in the morning. Thousands of devotees were seen standing in long queues on the hilltop to have an early darshan of the Maa.
Devotees participated in the Chaitra Mela which is one of the biggest religious fairs in the country. On the occasion, more than 20,000 groups were seen cooking in the surrounding locations and had a day of picnic at the shrine. Khichdi Prasad of Maa Tara Tarini besides safe drinking water was distributed to the devotees. Heavy police deployment was made by the administration to avert any untoward incident. The district administration also made arrangements to control traffic in and around the shrine. Police beat houses and temporary health centers were set up near the foot hill bus stop and at the Lions’ Gate of the shrine. Several special buses and rope way cars were pressed into service to help the devotees reach the hill top.
The Pioneer -http://www.dailypioneer.com/state-editions/bhubaneswar/5-lakh-throng-tara-tarini-shrine-for-chaitra-mela.html

Lakhs throng Tara Tarini Shakti Peetha on Third Tuesday of Chaitra Yatra 

Report by Odisha Diary bureau, Berhampur: The Third Tuesday of the Hindu month of Chaitra which fell on 24 March, 2015 saw huge gathering of devotees at Maa Tara Tarini Hill Shrine near Berhampur city in Odisha. More than five lakh devotees thronged from various parts of the country and abroad to this Shakti Peetha, which is believed to be the Stana Peetha (Breast Shrine) of Adi Shakti. 
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                                     Tara Tarini Draws Pilgrims
Berhampur : 27/March/2015 
More than five lakh devotees thronged from various parts of the country and abroad to this Shakti Peetha, which is believed to be the Stana Peetha (Breast Shrine) of Adi Shakti-Maa TaraTarini Shrine on 24 March.
-http://www.tathya.in/new/story.aspx?args=5040BEBB60AE3EF8EC10F4B0F6EFEF68A7004730DE8DE638

5 LAKH THRONG TARA TARINI SHRINE FOR CHAITRA MELA

More than five lakh devotees from various parts of the country and abroad thronged the Tara Tarini Shakti Peeth, which is believed to be the Stana Peeth (Breast Shrine) of the Adi Shakti-Maa Tara Tarini Shrine on March 24 (third Tuesday of the month of Chaitra). Located on the banks of river Rushikulya, the Tara Tarini hill shrine draws countless devotees every year, but the month of Chaitra and the third Tuesday in particular witnesses the largest congregation of devotees.
As per an age-old practice, more than 30,000 babies tonsured their heads during the day through ‘Mundan’ and offered hairs seeking the blessings of the mother Goddesses for a blissful life. The third Tuesday, considered the holiest in the annual calendar of events of the shrine, began with the chanting of traditional Mantras on the midnight of Monday. The priests performed the rituals of Snana, Majana and Maha Arati of the goddesses before the sanctum sanctorum of the shrine was thrown open for the devotees at 3 am in the morning. Thousands of devotees were seen standing in long queues on the hilltop to have an early darshan of the Maa.
Devotees participated in the Chaitra Mela which is one of the biggest religious fairs in the country. On the occasion, more than 20,000 groups were seen cooking in the surrounding locations and had a day of picnic at the shrine. Khichdi Prasad of Maa Tara Tarini besides safe drinking water was distributed to the devotees. Heavy police deployment was made by the administration to avert any untoward incident. The district administration also made arrangements to control traffic in and around the shrine. Police beat houses and temporary health centers were set up near the foot hill bus stop and at the Lions’ Gate of the shrine. Several special buses and rope way cars were pressed into service to help the devotees reach the hill top.
The Pioneer -http://www.dailypioneer.com/state-editions/bhubaneswar/5-lakh-throng-tara-tarini-shrine-for-chaitra-mela.html

Lakhs throng Tara Tarini Shakti Peetha on Third Tuesday of Chaitra Yatra 

Report by Odisha Diary bureau, Berhampur: The Third Tuesday of the Hindu month of Chaitra which fell on 24 March, 2015 saw huge gathering of devotees at Maa Tara Tarini Hill Shrine near Berhampur city in Odisha. More than five lakh devotees thronged from various parts of the country and abroad to this Shakti Peetha, which is believed to be the Stana Peetha (Breast Shrine) of Adi Shakti. 
- See more at: http://www.orissadiary.com/CurrentNews.asp?id=58267#sthash.Yk2P6TN4.dpuf
                                     Tara Tarini Draws Pilgrims
Berhampur : 27/March/2015 
More than five lakh devotees thronged from various parts of the country and abroad to this Shakti Peetha, which is believed to be the Stana Peetha (Breast Shrine) of Adi Shakti-Maa TaraTarini Shrine on 24 March.
-http://www.tathya.in/new/story.aspx?args=5040BEBB60AE3EF8EC10F4B0F6EFEF68A7004730DE8DE638

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Mahurat of 'Jai Maa Tara Tarini' held at Tara Tarini Hill Shrine on second Tuesday of Chaitra



Over three lakhs gathered on second Tuesday of Chaitra at Tara Tarini

Devotees throng Tara Tarini Hill shrine to witness Chaitra Mela



With the beginning of the Chaitra Mela, thousands of devotees thronged Tara Tarini Hill Shrine in Ganjam district to witness the Tara Tarini Chaitra Jatra.
The Chaitra Mela which starts from the first Tuesday of the Hindu month of Chaitra continues for the four Tuesdays of the month. Tara Tarini is known as one of the major Shakti Pithas in India where the twin goddesses Tara and Tarini are worshipped as the manifestation of Adi Shakti. The temple is located on the bank of river Rushikulya.
The goddesses Tara and Tarini are regarded as the presiding deity (Ista-Devi) in many parts of Odisha. Mundan ceremony of a baby (usually performed during the first year of a child's life) is done to get the blessings of the Goddesses. Devotees climb 999 steps to reach the temple. A highspeed rope-way is being operated by UshaBreaco to carry devotees to the hill temple.

“Special arrangements have been made for the convenience of the visitors. Tents have been set up on the way to the hilltop so that visitors can take rest. Temporary health camps are also put up,” said Secretary of Taratarini Development Board P.K. Panda.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Tara Tarini Chaitra Yatra to be polythene-free

The famous Maa Tara Tarini Chaitra Yatra of Ganjam is going to begin from March 10. As per traditions, it will be performed on the four Tuesdays of the month of Chaitra. Keeping in view the flow of lakhs of devotees to the temple, the district administration held a preparatory meeting at Chatrapur on February 10. Revenue Divisional Commissioner (SD) and chairperson of the Tara Tarini Development Council Sailendra Narayan De presided over the meeting.

Old Image of Tara Tarini Shakti Peetha :Braving heat lakhs of
devotees standing in long queue to enter the famous Tara Tarini hill temple
(Breast Shrine of Shakti) near Berhampur city in Ganjam district, Odisha
Ganjam Collector Premchand Choudhury explained the significance and pride of the heritage temple and the famous yatra and sought the cooperation of all the service wings of the district administration and people of all walks of life for smooth and successful conduct of the yatra.
The meeting, among other things, decided to make the entire region of Maa Tara Tarini Temple free from polythene, construct adequate  rest sheds to protect devotees from possible heat wave, provide drinking water, put in place effective traffic system for transportation of devotees, provide temporary healthcare camps and sanitation in the temple premises, deploy fire fighting vehicles and ODRAF team, prohibit sale and consumption of liquor and other drugs in the region, repair and renovate all approaching roads on war footing and construct temporary toilets for devotees, among others.
It was also decided in the meeting that the Chatrapur Sub-Collector will review the progress of the preparatory work once in each week till the yatra begins. A master plan for all-round development of the temple was presented. The committee advised the chief of the Technical Committee Binod Kumar Patra to complete all the pending works on war footing.
Among others, Maa Tara Tarini Temple Development Council secretary Pramod Kumar Panda, Additional Collector Pradeep Kumar Nanda, CDMO Dr PC Sahu, the Ganjam ADMO, the Chatrapur Sub-Collector, the Purushottampur BDO, representatives of Sevayats Tapan Rana and Jagannath Rana attended.

Monday, 19 May 2014

Seek solace at Taratarini Shrine

BY: BIBHUTI BARIK
Bhubaneswar, May 18: When chief minister Naveen Patnaik started his electoral journey after paying an obeisance to the famous deity at Taratarini three weeks ago, people of Ganjam and the entire south Odisha were extremely happy.
Before beginning anything auspicious, an average person from undivided Ganjam district and the entire south Odisha would always seek blessings of Goddess Taratarini. It is believed that if you go to the temple with a wish in your heart, then it would definitely be fulfilled.
Situated in Raipura village under Purushottampur block in Ganjam district, lakhs of tourists from nearby areas in Odisha and also from Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Bengal visit the famous shrine.
The temple on the summit of a hillock is on the right bank of the beautiful and meandering Rushikulya river. The shrine is just 7km away from Purushottampur and 30km away from Berhampur.
Travel writer from Chhatrapur, district headquarters town of Ganjam, Sujata Patnaik, said: “Taratarini shrine has now achieved tremendous popularity for the twin goddesses Tara and Tarini. Both are ancient deities and were worshiped on the hilltop at a small temple for decades in the past. The original structure was demolished in 2005 and the new temple replaced the old one with the Kalingan temple architecture. With beautiful Khandolite stone the temple looks beautiful from the road near the foothill.’’
Nityanand Mondal, a visitor from Bhubaneswar, who came to the shrine with family said: “The ropeway has added a new dimension to the tourism scene. Unlike the ropeway at Nandankanan Zoological Park, which is abandoned now, the cars here give you a feeling of a safe ride. A person can also come to the hilltop without hiring a vehicle and go back by the ropeway.’’
The state government has also taken up widening of the road to the shrine that was earlier narrow. “The road widening work is a good step taken by the authorities. The endowment department should go for facilitating basic amenities near the shrine outside the temple compound,’’ said Nigam Nayak, a tourist, who came from Berhampur with friends.
The twin deities, crudely fashioned in stone, have beautiful silver eyes attached to them. Legends connect the deities to Sakta cult in the past.
Historians say that the Bhanja dynasty rulers of the former Ghumsar state in the undivided Ganjam district installed the enshrining deity. At present the endowment department looks after the temple, but Taratarini Development Board administers the day-to-day affairs.
Interestingly, monkeys in groups often create problems for visitors. “You must not flash a banana or coconuts openly while returning from the temple before getting into the vehicles. You should hide them with a dupatta or a bag,’’ said Nayak.
While the kalpa bata or the banyan tree which fulfils wishes is outside the temple and gets offerings of red scarves, bangles and clothes, a point near the gate also attracts visitors to put their offerings on a platform.
Offerings such as laddu and khichdi are available at a counter near a gate with a nominal price.
Getting there is easy as taxis and auto-rickshaws available at Berhampur and Chhatrapur. There are several places to stay. Moreover, there is a beautiful Panth Nivas run by the Odisha Tourism Development Corporation near the hill. Rail and road links to Berhampur and Chhatrapur are available in plenty.

Source: The Telegraph