Tara Tarani Shakti Peeth Temple Orissa | 18 Shakti Peethas
Tara Tarani Shakti Peeth is one of the ancient as well as prominent Shakti Peethas. The Goddess Tara Trarani is highly revered and regarded as the presiding deity of the people of South Orissa. Perched on a hilltop. And it is located near purushottampur in Ganjam District. The temple is situated on the banks of River Rushikulya. The hill is famously called as Tara Tarini Hill. Being perched at an altitude of 708 ft, it offers scenic vistas and picturesque surroundings. Devotees can enter the temple premises after ascending the 999 steps. The alternative option is the pucca road for vehicles on the backside of the hill.
Legend Of Shakti Peeth
According to the popular legend, Sati was one of the daughters of Daksha, the son of Lord Brahma. When she grew up, Sati wanted to marry Shiva. However, her father Daksha possesses hatred towards Lord Shiva and was not happy with the Sati’s decision. So he tried a lot to stop their marriage. Despite his efforts, Sati married Lord Shiva. The marriage enhanced the Daksha’s hatred towards Lord Shiva.
Daksha, the father of Sati intend to perform a yagna. To take part in this yagna he called all the devotees except Lord Shiva. After hearing about this Yagna, Sati expressed her wish to Lord Shiva to attend the yagna. Initially, Lord Shiva tried to convince her and not let her attend the yagna. However, her strong intention can’t stop herself from going.
There, she witnesses all the deities except his husband. She realized that his father intentionally humiliated Lord Shiva. She demanded that her companion should be acknowledged as others. When that did not happen Sati’s wrath immolated herself in a fire. After knowing about the death of Sati, Lord Shiva rush to the Yagna’s place and cut off Daksha’s head. Moreover, he commenced the dance of destruction by carrying the mortal remains of Goddess Sati. All deities urged Vishnu to stop this destruction. So Lord Vishnu used his Sudarshana Chakra, which cut the Sati’s dead body into several parts. These parts fell in various parts of the earth. The places where Goddess Sati body parts fell are called Sakti Peethas. Tata Tarani Shakti Peeth is one of the 18 famous Shakti Peethas.