Tara Devi Temple
Located on a hill is a “Devi” temple known as Tara Devi in Himachal Pradesh. This temple is located at a distance of 11 km from Shimla along the Kalka-Shimla National Highway. The idol of Goddess Tara Devi in this temple has been made by using “Ashtadhatu” i.e. a technique related to the use of a combination of eight metals that includes gold, silver, zinc, lead, tin, iron, and mercury. Furthermore, this temple is also surrounded by the scenic beauty of the magnificent Himalayan ranges and a tranquil filled environment.
a. Best time to visit the Tara Devi Temple
The perfect time to visit this town is during the summers which begins in April and ends in June with, the average temperature during this period being about 10 degrees Celsius.
b. How to reach Tara Devi Temple
Tara Devi Temple Map
1. By train:
The nearest railway station to Shimla is in Kalka. The Kalka station is very well connected to major cities in the country like Delhi, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Kolkata etc. Taxi services to Shimla are available at Kalka.
2. By road:
If you intend to drive to this temple the ideal starting points would be New Delhi, Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, and Amritsar.
- Via New Delhi:
There are two routes from New Delhi to this temple, and they are via NH44 and via NH709A.
- Via Chandigarh:
There is one route from Chandigarh to this temple, and it is via NH5.
- Via Ludhiana:
There are three routes from Ludhiana to this temple, and they are via NH44 and NH5, via NH5, and via Neelon Ropar Canal Road and NH5.
- Via Jalandhar:
There are three routes from Jalandhar to this temple, and they are via NH5, via NH44 and NH5, and via NH44, NH105, and NH5.
- Via Amritsar:
There are three routes from Amritsar to this temple, and they are via Grand Trunk Road, via NH44, and via NH103A.
3. By air:
The closest airport domestic to this temple is located in Shimla. The Jubbarhatti Airport is well connected major cities in the country while, the nearest international airport is situated in New Delhi.
c. Religious significance of the Tara Devi Temple
This temple is supposed to have been constructed about 250 years ago. According to a myth once a king from Bengal called Raja Bhupendra Sen travelled all the way from Bengal to settle down in Shimla in Himachal Pradesh. Now this raja possessed a locket which contained the idol of Goddess Tara (whom he worshipped) encased in gold. One fine day Raja Sen happened to envision Goddess Tara and Lord Hanuman in his dream, and apparently was requested by Hanuman to create a place of worship for Tara so that the public could seek her blessings. In response to this request the raja then ensured that a piece of land was donated and the temple in honour of Goddess Tara Devi built. Furthermore, years later yet another king called Balbir Sen saw a dream in which the Goddess instructed him to install her idol on top of a hill called “Tarav Parvat”. Thus in response the raja enshrined the idol of Tara Devi on top of hill in a grand fashion by carrying it on an elephant called “Shankar”.