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 

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Polythene, liquor to be banned at Tara Tarini during Chaitra fest

Last year over seven lakh devotees visited the hill top shrine during the Chaitra festival

Use of polythene and consumption of liquor would be completely banned during Chaitra festival at Tara Tarini hill shrine this year.
It was decided at a preparatory meting for the festival, which was chaired by Revenue Divisional Commissioner (RDC), southern division, Bikash Mohapatra, who also happens to be the president of Tara Tarini Development Board (TTDB), new Ganjam Collector Prem Chandra Choudhury as well as officials of different departments. The Chaitra festival at Tara Tarini hill shrine would be held on five consecutive Tuesdays starting from March 18.
A large number of devotees visit the hill shrine during this time. Last year over seven lakh devotees had visited the hill shrine during the Chaitra festival. The TTDB authorities feel their number may increase this year. The Tara Tarini hills shrine had faced severe impact of Cyclone Phailin. So, basic restoration work is on to provide required amenities to the devotees visiting the shrine.
As all rest sheds at this hill shrine have been destroyed by the cyclone, both at the hill top and downhill, the TTDB has decided to make alternative arrangements. According to secretary of the TTDB, Pramod Patnaik, around thirty tents would be put at different places at this hill shrine to provide shelter to the visitors.
It was also decided to protect the environment of this hill shrine through complete ban of polythene at the shrine and its adjoining areas during the Chaitra festivities.
Apart from it sale of liquor would also be stopped in this area from Monday evening to Tuesday evening during the Chaitra festival. Sulabh International and Rural Water Supply and Sanitation (RWSS) departments would be in charge of maintenance of sanitation.
To provide adequate quantity of water to the visiting devotees, ten tankers would be used. They would be procured from Army Air Defence College, Gopalpur as well as different urban local bodies in Ganjam district.
The ropeway to the top of the hill shrine which had been devastated by the cyclone last year has been restored. “But the operator of the ropeway has been advised to procure new fitness certificate before the Chaitra festival,” said an official. The stairs to the hill top as well as the roads to it have also been renovated for the festival.
The bank of Rushikulya river that flows along the Tara Tarini hill has been eroded for a stretch of over 100 meters near the hill shrine. So, it has been decided to deploy Odisha Disaster rapid Action Force (ODRAF) personnel at this stretch to avoid any mishaps.
Water tankers to be used to provide adequate quantity of water to devotees
The ropeway to the top of the hill shrine has been restored: official

Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Saturday, 23 November 2013

TOURISTS BACK IN CYCLONE-HIT GANJAM

Tourism in the Phailin-hit Ganjam district has resumed with a gradual inflow of visitors to the famous tourist destinations like Gopalpur-on-Sea, Rambha-on-Chilka and the Tara Tarini Shakti Peeth. As the peak tourist season spans from October to March, all the 20 major hotels — including the State-owned Panthanivas — have been getting visitors soon after the authorities cleaned up Gopalpur, according to hoteliers.
Visitors from the USA, Canada, Italy, Korea, Britain, Germany and Belgium have been visiting the town after normalcy was restored after the Phailin battered the sea resort on October 12. The lighting system has been restored in the beach on a priority basis for the convenience of the tourists, said Gopalpur Notified Area Council Executive Officer R Mishra.
Tourists from West Bengal and some other places have come to Rambha. They had been lodged at Rambha and Barkul before visiting the Chilika lake. The restoration work is almost complete at Chilika. Boating has also resumed in the lake, Rambha Panthanivas Manager Rabi Das said. Another tourist spot, the Tampara lake, located near Chhatrapur, has suffered a serious setback as its boating club, jetty, decorative electric poles and other facilities were destroyed. It would take some more time to restore normalcy at the lake area, official sources said. Source: The Pioneer 

Thursday, 31 October 2013

Phailin changes face of ‘green’ Maa Tara Tarini hill Shrine


Nature’s fury in the form of the Phailin cyclone has devastated everything at the famous Tara Tarini hill shrine except the main temple on the hill top.
The 965 feet high hill, which was proud of its lush green vegetation cover, has become totally naked with the brown rocky base showing up. Most of the large trees on this hill have got uprooted or massively damaged by the cyclonic storm. According to secretary of the Tara Tarini Development Board (TTDB) Pramod Panda, they included several decade old banyan and peepul trees. “Due to its lush green nature, this hill was being called Purnagiri or Kumari parvat. But the cyclone seems to have snatched away that identity from the hill,” he said. A cashew plantation of the hill shrine at Sholaghara near the hill has also been completely devastated.
The ropeway station at the foothills of the famous Tara Tarini
mangled with uprooted trees in the aftermath of Cyclone Phailin 

According to the priests and authorities of the TTDB, this hill shrine had not faced such devastation during the two cyclones that hit Ganjam district in 1999.
Major attraction
A major attraction of this hill shrine was the rope way to the hill top. It is an irony that it was to be restarted recently after renovation. But the cyclone has caused much damage to the ropeway which would surely delay its inception.
Although the towers and cables of the ropeway are in place, they have to be checked up to ascertain whether they are strong enough after the cyclone. The carriages of the ropeway have been damaged.
All buildings at the hill top and most buildings at the foot of the hill were damaged by the cyclone. No structure has remained at the hill top except the newly-renovated temple which was completed in 2010.
This temple had been built as per traditional Rekha style of Odia temple architecture. It again proved that Rekha style of temple architecture as per which famous Jagannath temple of Puri and Lingaraj temple of Bhubaneswar have been built can with stand major cyclones.
The stairway and the road to the hill top have been cleared up but drinking water supply and power connectivity to the hill top remains snapped.
For providing drinking water to devotees, water is being taken by tanker to the hill top.
Nature’s fury also had its impact on the flow of devotees to the hill shrine. Very few visitors are visiting the hill shrine and their number was not expected to rise even during the Kali Puja, the priests of the temple said.
Pre cyclone image
Revenue Divisional Commissioner (RDC), southern division, Bikash Mohapatra, who also happens to be president of the TTDB, said all the developmental projects proposed for this hill shrine were also stalled due to the devastation caused by the cyclone.
The TTDB had planned to move around a ‘rath’ in Ganjam district to collect donations for the development of the hill shrine, which cannot be taken up now as the whole district is devastated by the cyclone and the rains and flood that followed.
“We are now planning to start online donation facility for the restoration and reconstruction works at the hill shrine so that devotees living outside could come over to help in rebuilding the hill shrine to its past glory.
Priority

“Our first priority now would be to regenerate the devastated vegetation of the hill shrine in consultation with the forest department,” said the RDC. The aim would be to plant those species of trees on the hill which would sustain cyclonic storms in future and would not get uprooted. But it is for sure for next few years the hill shrine would continue to have a barren look as a memory of wrath of nature which did not spare the hill which was a major centre of faith. Source: The Hindu