About 11 km from Shimla, Tara Devi Temple is a place famous for its Devi Ma’s power and strength which she bestows upon her followers. People travelling on the Kalka-Shimla National highway often visit the temple. Present on top of a hill, lush green surroundings engulf the temple, giving it a peaceful atmosphere. Therefore, pilgrims often find respite here in the tranquil atmosphere. At the background also lie the snowy white Himalayas whose majestic view enthralls all.
History of Tara Devi Temple
The story goes like this: once a king, Bhupendra Singh of the Sen Dynasty came here. He always wore an armlet that had the image of the goddess he worshipped encased in gold.
One day while hunting the king had a vision of Tara ma along with Hanuman and they wanted the public to know her so that they can also worship her. So the king built her a shrine. Hence he built a temple and placed a wooden idol. Later after some generations, King Balbir Sen had a vision in which the Goddess wished that her idol should be installed at the top of a hill – Tarav Parvat. The Maharaja got a temple built at the top of the hill and got a beautiful idol made out of “Ashtadhatu”, a rare combination of eight elements.
Significance of Tara Devi Temple
Its seclusion from the normal noise and pollution, traffic of the cities and towns. The Tara Devi Temple has tranquility and a sense of peace and relaxation.
There is a “langar” at the temple where distribution of food amongst the people takes place on Sundays. There is a huge fair held at the temple during the Navratri and Ashthami.
Darshan Timings at Tara Devi Temple
It is open all days of the week from 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Festivals at Tara Devi Temple
The Shardiya Navaratras and Ashthami takes place during Dussehra, during which there are celebrations in honor of Goddess Tara.
How to reach Tara Devi Temple
Air: The nearest airport to Tara Devi Temple is Chandigarh air force base airport , which is 82 km away from Tara Devi Temple.
Rail: Shimla Train station is the nearest station from where one can avail regular trains.
road: Tara Devi Temple is accessible via the Kalka-Shimla Highway. You can hire a cab to reach here.
Hotels near Tara Devi Temple
Located on the Anandpur Road, just 5 minutes drive from the Shoghi Railway Station, Sunrise Villa offers facilities of free internet and travel desk. Sunrise Villa is situated within 10 minutes drive from the Tara Devi Temple in Shoghi.
Places near Tara Devi Temple
The Sankat Mochan Temple lies at a distance of 5 Km from Shimla. In 1950 the efforts of a saintly figure- Baba Neeb Karoriji Maharaj led to the foundation of the temple.
The Hatkoti Temple is not a single temple. Rather, it is temple which consists of a group of various temples that are in the vicinity of Jabbar River. The most prominent temple in the group is of Goddess Durga accompanied by another temple whose deity is Lord Shiva.
Jakhu Temple- This is another pious temple lying at an altitude of 2500 meters and one can view it from the Jakhu Hill in Shimla. The temple is primitive and the deity here is of Lord Hanuman.