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Hooghly , West Bengal

A town in the Hoogly district of West Bengal, Tarakeshwar is famous for being divine. It is the greatest place for Lord Shiva pilgrimage in the whole state and thus sees thousands of pilgrims visiting it every year. This is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas that are so very famous for the divinity they inspire and people from all over come to visit the Taraknath temple that is the centre of attraction of the entire town. Pilgrims visit the temple throughout the year, especially on Mondays. But thousands of pilgrims visit Tarakeswar on the occasions of 'Shivaratri' and 'Gajan'. This is a very special procession where the pilgrims carry pots of milk for the Lord and come to this place on foot to offer it to the God. This is one of the most popular occasions that happen here and thus you will see many colourfully clad men and women who have walked for miles here to offer their prayers to the Lord Tarakhnath. The temple has an 'atchala' building structure with a 'natmandir' (Place for offering prayers) in front. The temple premises host shrines of Kali and Lakshmi-Narayan. The Sravan month is when you will probably not be able to enter the temple because of the rush in this place. One can go for one day tours from this place to nearby cities. Tarakeshwar has Gopdanga, Chautara, Magra and Balgarh as neighbouring towns and all these towns offer the Tarakeshwar pilgrims the necessary comforts and accommodations.

Distance / Time Current Temperature Mean Rainfall Altitude Population Best Times Min Hotel tariff
km / Hrs 17.0°C /63.0°F 140 mm 45feet /km2 Jan-Dec Coming Soon


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  • Tarakeshwar Temple


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