The typical Bengali town and its mystical endowments.
Tarapith is a tiny hamlet of Sahapur Gram Panchayet, Margram Police Station found on the banks of River Dwarka in the state of West Bengal. It is settled in the flood plains amongst the green paddy fields. It resembles a typical Bengali settlement with thatched shelter huts and fish tanks. The village is placed 6 km from Rampurhat Sub-Division in the Birbhum district. Tarapith is known for its The Tantric Hindu Temple is devoted to the goddess Tara, a fearful Tantric appearance of the Devi. The temple is the principal temples of Shaktism. Tarapith acquires its title after the Devi, it is the most prestigious centre of Tara preaching and her cult. Tarapith is also famous for Sadhak Bamakhepa, popularly known as "mad saint", who prayed in the temple and lodged here as well. He was well-known as a mendicant and was trained and perfected in Yoga and the tantric skills under the tutorship of another important saint, Kailash Pati Baba. Tarapith is visited by a countless number of followers throughout the year.
HISTORY: THE MYSTICAL TOWN AND THE SATI'S SACRIFICE
There are numerous fables attached to the beginning and significance of this area, solely associated with the goddess Tara revered in the Tarapith temple. A popular myth pertains to the Shakti Piths. Sati, the consort of Lord Shiva, felt humiliated when her father Daksha did not summon Shiva to the royal Yajna "fire sacrifice" he planned. Unable to bear this embarrassment, Sati gave up her life by hopping into the fire. Provoked by this shocking turn of events, Shiva went erratic. Then, Lord Vishnu in order to appease Shiva decimated the body of Sati with his Chakra. Sati's body part fell all over various Indian states. The spots where the body parts dropped have become hubs of the devotion of the Goddess in diverse demonstrations. There are 51 such holy temples which are named Shakti Piths; in West Bengal, there are many such Piths, such as the Kalighat. There are many other mystical stories which are related to this town.
How to reach
One can reach the destination by mode of air, road and rail.
How to Reach by Flight
Tarapith does not have its own airport. The nearest airport is Netaji Subhas Chandra Airport in Kolkata.
How to Reach by Train
"Rampurhat" and 'Tarapith Road' are the nearest Railway stations. You can effortlessly get frequent trains to Tarapith from other main cities of the country.
How to Reach by Bus
The closest bus stand is in Panagarh however, there are no bus routes from other important towns to Tarapith.
How to Reach by Road
Tarapith is connected to motorable roads and one can reach by cab or a taxi to Tarapith.
How to travel within
Travel within the city is mainly done by cabs and taxis.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
FOOD: There are several modest local restaurants offering delightful local Bengali food. The places like Amantran Bar and The bite offer agreeable ambience and good food.
HOTELS: Hotels like Sonar Bangla, Yashoda International, Larica Holiday Inn, Srikrishna International etc offer a good and comfortable stay and at the same time are easy on the pocket as well.
AVAILABILITY OF ATMs: SBI, Canara Bank, Bank of Baroda, Central Bank, UBI, Axis Bank, HDFC bank etc operate in the town.
ONE DAY ITINERARY
Reach Tarapith early the morning and kick start the day by visiting Tarapith temple which is located in the heart of the hamlet. Later, head towards Bamakhepa temple. Leave from the town by the evening.