Tarakeswar TourismWest Bengal is full of important religious destinations. Tarakeswar is on such religious destinations in the state of West Bengal, where thousands of people visit every year. This place has earned a name for itself as one of the most important Linga of Lord Shiva is situated here. It is known by the name Taraknath here. The name of the city has also been coined accordingly. Though famous for the temple, people also enjoy the picturesque and green surroundings when here.
Not only is this place important for the religious significance, Tarakeswar is also an important commercial site situated in the Hooghly district of West Bengal. This is because of the fact that it has strong agricultural backbone and there are several cold storage for storing items. Being a small town, the place does not offer much tourist attraction. However, the magical environment of the town is bound to bring you back to this place quite often. Here are the few attractions that can be visited when visiting the town of Tarakeswar.
Taraknath Temple in Tarakeswar
Taraknath temple is the major reason why many devotees from all over the world are seen to visit the town of Tarakeswar every year. Created in the year 1729 AD, Raja Bharamalla is said to be the founder of the temple. Central West Bengal architecture was followed while deciding on the patterns of the temple. It has features such as “natmandir” and “atchala”. Above the sanctum the temple has four roofs. It also has extended galleries for the devotees to sit and relax.
This temple is considered one of the 12 Jyotirlinga temples or one of the 12 abodes of Lord Shiva. Not only shrine of lord Shiva, the temple also has minor shrines which are dedicated to Lord Lakshmi Narayan and Goddess Kali. Sravan Month which usually falls in the month of July or August is a very auspicious time to visit the temple. During this time large number of devotees visit the temple to offer water, milk, flowers, fruits and also their prayers. Chaitra Sankranti, Maha Shivratri are some of the festivals which are celebrated with great pomp and show here
Buddha Temple in TarakeswarThe Buddha temple situated here is the one and only Buddha temple in the Hoogly district. Religious guru, Dalai Lama had inaugurated this temple in the year 1965 and forms a major attraction for people who are on a tour to Tarakeswar. The temple which has been build with simple architecture has a small well maintained garden and a statue of Buddha inside the temple. Buddha Purnima is celebrated every year with great enthusiasm here.
This temple can easily be reached by availing local transport. Private cabs can also be booked to reach the Buddha temple and offer prayers.
Dodhipuker Tank in TarakeswarThe tank which is located very near to Tarakeswar Temple is also very famous. This tank is believed to have been originated at the same time that the temple of Taraknath was set up. The water that is there in the tank is said to have healing powers. Hence, people are often seen bathing with the waters of the tank to heal and purify body and mind. It is also said to fulfill any wishes that a devotee might have. This tank is said to have been erected by Raja Bharamalla in the year 1729 AD.
How to Visit TarakeswarTarakeswar is well connected through railways and roadways. Situated just 58 Km from Kolkata, it can be reached by availing numerous trains that are available from Sealdah and Howrah railway station situated in Kolkata. Tarakeswar can also be reached by traveling in bus. There are various buses which are operated by government and tour operators that connects Tarakeswar to major cities in West Bengal.
Places to Stay in Tarakeswar
Tarakeswar Tourist Lodge
Address: Guest House Road, Mandir Para, Tarakeswar, Hooghly - 712410 712410, India
Phone No: +(91)-3212-279332
Address: Mandir Road, Tarakeswar, Hooghly - 712410, West Bengal
Phone No: +(91)-9735220650
Sankar Niramish Hotel
Address: Tarakeswar, Hooghly - 712410, Kolkata - 712410
Phone No: Mr Loknath Bhakat(Proprietor), +91-9333203656, 9832768003
Shibam Guest House
Address: Doodhpkur Par, Mandir Road, Tarakeshwar, Hooghly - 712410, West Bengal
Address: Tarakeswar Mandir Road, Hooghly - 712410
Phone No: +(91)-3212-277241
Address: Tarakeswar, Near Tarakeswar Mandir, Hooghly - 712410
Phone No: +(91)-9434227936
Apart from the above there are other hotels also such as Shivsakti Guest House, Yatri Niwas,Kailash Guest House, Taraknath Bhawan,Kali Koler Yatri Niwas,Gopalnath Goswami Guest House, Sabananda Bhawan, Pakkhi Hindu Hotel, Maitran Hotel and so on. All these hotels provides the basic facilities such as comfortable rooms, running water, 24 hours room service, car parking facility, TV, AC in some rooms and much more. The tariffs are more or less reasonable.Bookings needs to be done in advance specially during those times when there are some festivals.