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Taratarini Temple at Berhampur in Orissa – Tara Tarini Mandir in Ganjam District

Goddess Tara Tarini is the ishta devata in Southern Orissa. The most popular Taratarini Temple is located around 30 km from Berhampur in Orissa. It is located atop Kumari hills (popularly known as Tara Tarini hill) on the banks of River Rushikulya near Purushottampur in Ganjam District.

One has to climb 999 steps to reach the small but beautiful and powerful Shakti shrine. There is also a motorable road to reach the top of the hill.

Legend has it that the breast of Goddess Sati fell here after the infamous Daksha Yajna mentioned in Hindu Puranas.

The main murtis worshiped in the temple are carved out of two granite stones. They represent goddesses Tara and Tarini. The murtis are decorated with gold and silver ornaments.

Chalanti Pratimas, or two brass heads of the goddess, are also found in the sanctum sanctorum.

Sankranti (occurs on the 14th or 15th of a month) is very important here.

Tuesday is the auspicious date in a week.

Special pujas are observed on the Tuesdays in Chaitra month (March – April).

Other important dates in a year include Dola Purnima, Shravan Amavasya and Purnima, Bhadrapad Amavasya, Navratri and Diwali Amavasya.

During festivals, panchamruta is offered to the deity.