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Tara Devi Temple,Shimla,(India)

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OVERVIEW

A steep climb to Tara Devi Temple and you will be amidst beauty and peace second to none. The temple is a religious site for Hindus and is surrounded by a sea of mesmerizing sights. You will get to see the complete view of Shimla from Tat Devi Temple.If you happen to be someone who loves photography, this place will give you some of the stunning scenes worth capturing. The premises of the temple are well maintained and the atmosphere here is very calm and serene. You can feel purity and freshness in the air when you are around.This is a peaceful place where you can spend quality time with family and friends. In the surroundings, you can see some amazing mountains. You can also get to catch a glimpse of the lovely pine forests. The temple is a must visit the place during the festival season when several devotees throng the temple. When one visits this place in the non-peak season then this is one of the best places to mediate.Tara Devi temple of Shimla is a very famous temple and a popular tourist attraction of the city.

History

Tara Devi temple is located at Tarav Parvat on western side of Shimla. It is belief that Maa Tara Devi was brought by a person(King) from Bengal. He used to wear a locket in which idol of Maa Tara was located. He visited place around 100 years ago. He placed his locate at this place, and many generation of his dynasty passes here.A wooden idol was installed there first and later proper temple was build during 1825.Tara Devi Temple is located in Shimla at a distance of around 11 Km. Temple is dedicated to Maa Tara and is located on Kalka-Shimla Highway on Tara Devi hill top near Shogi, Shimla.

Best Time to Visit

Shimla in summers: From March till June. Summer season is a peak season in Shimla. This is because during the season, the weather remains pleasant and it the best time to enjoy adventure sports.

Address:

NH.22, Kachi Ghati, Bagh,Shoghi Bypass, Taradevi, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, 171010, India. Railway Address:Shimla Railway Station, Cart Rd, Nabha, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171004

Visit Duration

Visit Duration of Ideal Time is 1-2 hours.

Open and Closing Time

Tara Devi Temple is open for visiting from 7.00 AM in the morning to 6.30 PM in the evening.

General Information

Entrance Fee: No Entry Fees
The origin of this temple is traced back to 250 years when the Goddess Tara was brought to Himachal Pradesh from West Bengal. One fine day, the Maharaja had a vision of Tara along with Hanuman and he donated a huge piece of his land to build the temple. The temple consisted of a wooden idol of the deity, but after some years, the temple was shifted to the top of the hill known as Tara Parvat. The magnificent idol is was made of 'Ashtadhatu', a rare combination of 8 elements.

Near By Attraction

Sankat Mochan Mandir Jakhoo Temple Kamna Devi Temple Christ Church

Transportation

Located atop a hill, around 11 km away from main Shimla, Tara Devi Temple can be accessed via the Kalka-Shimla Highway. You can hire a cab to reach here.This is a peaceful place where you can spend quality time with family and friends. Distance from Shimla bus stand: Around 17 KM

Application Availability Which Saves Some Money

Zomato, Swiggy(best service for delicious food) Uber, Ola(best service available for a cab up to 24/7) hours

Interesting facts about the Tara Devi Temple

Peace at religious places should always be maintained.Modest dressing is recommended.Photography without permission is not advisable.Try and catch the Wrestling Fair held in the month of September.Every time is best time to visit temples or spiritual places but temple is only opened between 7 am to 6:30 pm. So if devotees are from other state ,and wishing to visit maa Tara Devi temple, they have to reach in this timing.Every Sunday there is Langar organised in temple.Temple staff and devotees take part in serving in Langar.Facilities-Food Stalls, Washrooms.Allowed-Camera, Video.Best Visited With Group, Solo, Couple, Family. Navratri Festival of nine faces of Devi is celebrated all nine days here in Tara Devi temple,and Ashtami which is around Dusshehra is also celebrated with lot of interest . So devotees interested to visit temple, can come around this time.A fair is organised by local people which is dedicated to maa tara. Temple is located in the noise-free location of Shimla.Tara Devi Temple is known for its location as always there is fresh air all around.View from temple refreshes tourists and devotees completely.popular for God Lovers,Nirvana Seekers,Experience Seekers. Raja Balbir Sen of the Sen dynasty built this shrine in 1825, during the Vikrami era. There are many legends associated with the origins of the temple. According to one of those, Raja Balbir's ancestor, Raja Bhupender Sen, had envisioned Maa Tara - the deity of his dynasty, and built a shrine in eastern West Bengal. Later, when Raja Balbir Sen had a vision of the deity expressing her desire to be placed on Tara Parvat, he got an ashtadhatu idol made by a Gusanwu artist. An elephant named Shankar carried the idol from West Bengal to Himachal Pradesh.A backdrop framed by dense Pine forests and the distant snow-capped Himalayas complements the beauty of the shrine. On Shardiya Navratras' Ashtami (8th day of the Puja), an annual fair is organised in the temple complex, attracting hordes of devotees. The predecessors of Sen dynasty still come to Tara Devi during the fair to offer prayers to the deity.

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