During Chaitra Yatra Lakhs of devotees expected to throng Tara Tarini Hill shrine
Hill shrine to be made polythene free this year
Devotees to the shrine will be asked to refrain from bringing bags to the temple
Like previous years, Lakhs of devotees are expected to throng the Tara Tarini hill shrine on famous Tuesdays During Chaitra Yatra festival. During that time the hill shrine would be made completely polythene free. The Chaitra Yatra on this Month is celebrated on all Tuesdays of the Hindu month of Chaitra and these days are very famous among the devotees of Adi Shakti. This year the festival would be celebrated at the famous hill shrine on five Tuesdays that fall on March 14, 21, 28 as well as April 4 and 11.
Noteworthy, Tara Tarini is the second highest visited Religious destination in Odisha after Shree Jagannath Temple in Puri. It also caught national attention when Government of India named a Ship of Indian Navy on the name of this famous Shakti peetha recently and for the first time Modi government recognized it’s ancient presence as the famous goddesses of Sea Traders on the Kalinga coast.
Tara Tarini Shakti Peetha on the Purnagiri (Also known as Ratnagiri, Kumari hills, Parvata, Tarakashya Mahagiri in different periods of time in different Texts and Jatakas) at the bank of the holy River Rushikulya near Brahmapur city in Ganjam District, Odisha, India is worshiped as the Breast Shrine (Sthana Peetha) and manifestations of Adi Shakti. The Tara Tarini Shakti Peetha is one of the oldest pilgrimage centers of the Mother Goddess and is one of four major ancient Tantra Peetha and Shakti Peethas in India.
The mythological and Tantric texts recognize four major Shakti Peethas: Tara Tarini (Stana Khanda), near Brahmapur; Odisha, Bimala (Pada Khanda) inside the Jagannath Temple, Puri; Odisha, Kamakhya (Yoni khanda), near Guwahati; Assam and Dakshina Kalika (Mukha khanda) in Kolkata, West Bengal. Including these four there are 52 other sacred Shakti Peethas, which originated from the limbs of Mata Sati‘s corpse in the Satya Yuga.
As per the information, cleaning up of the hill shrine ahead of the Chaitra festival was formally started on Wednesday. Senior officials of district administration, including the district collector and authorities of the Tara Tarini Development Board (TTDB), took part in the cleaning process.
Cleaning of the hill shrine was started from the foothill and in the coming days the whole hill is expected to be cleaned up. TTDB secretary Pramod Panda said it has been decided to make the hill shrine completely polythene-free during the festival.
All shops at the foothill and the hilltop have been informed about the perils of polythene use. All visitors to the hill shrine would also be requested to refrain from throwing polythene bags and other non-biodegradable materials in the hill shrine region. The local tehsildar has been tasked to ensure minimal use of polythene at the hill shrine.
During Tuesdays of the Chaitra festival, ten buses would be provided by TTDB for transportation of devotees to the hilltop through the ghat road. Ticket for the to-and-fro journey would be ₹ 50 per passenger. Except for these buses and a few vehicles used for official purposes, no other vehicle would be allowed to travel to the hilltop.
This is being done to avoid traffic congestion on the ghat road during the festival days. A Ropeway and traditional steps also lead to the top of the hill shrine.
It has also been decided that the irrigation department would release some water from the barrages in the Surada area so that the Rushikulya river at the foothill contains adequate water for the bathing of the devotees on Tuesdays of the Chaitra festival. On these days, three temporary medical centres would be opened at Tara Tarini.
–BERHAMPUR, MARCH 02, 2017