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Goddess Tara in Hinduism

Goddess Tara in Hinduism is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. She is one of the forms that is part of the Mahavidyas – 10 goddesses who are forms of Goddess Shakti. Special pujas dedicated to Goddess Tara are held during the Chaitra Ashtami day.

In some scriptures Goddess Tara is known as Ugra Tara, a manifestation of Goddess Kali. This form is worshipped in the Kamakhya region in Assam.

Goddess Tara is equated with Goddess Kali in eastern parts of India.

Other Tara in Hindu scriptures

Tara is the name of the wife of Brihaspati, the guru of Devas. She had eloped with Chandra, the moon god. In Chandra, she had a son – Budha.

Tara is also the name of wife of Bali, the Vanara king (monkey king) in Ramayana. She was well known for her beauty and intelligence.

Tara, a Vanara, was also the name of a minister in the court of Bali. He was the son of Brihaspati. He was huge in size and was more intelligent than other monkeys.