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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. 

Vilacheri Village – Navratri Kollu Dolls Made Here Are Famous

Keeping Navratri Kollu Dolls is a unique tradition in South India . The best Kollu Dolls are made at Vilacheri Village near Madurai in Tamil Nadu. The village is also famous for papier-mache dolls.  The Hindu reports about this unique village in the The Potter’s Trail a trip organized by Storytrails. Story trails is a unique new service in the area of creative outings and alternative tours especially in Tamil Nadu. You can read more about Vilacheri Village here in the Hindu