Maa Tarini is the female embodiment of power and the presiding deity for all Shakti and Tantra peethas or shrines in Orissa. Maa Tarini temple is in Ghatagaon, Keonjhar, in the state of Orissa(Odisha). Here are some important information for the devotees who want to visit the Maa Tarini temple.
Arriving at Ghatagaon
Ghatagaon is about 45 KM from Keonjhar town. If you are travelling from outside Orissa by flight, Bhubaneswar is the nearest airport you should land at. From Bhubaneswar, you can avail train or bus service to reach Jajpur Road Station or Keonjhar, the nearest town.
Buses ply from Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and most other major towns of Orissa to Ghatgaon. Often people hire taxis to travel to Ghatagaon from any part of Orissa. For some tour packages, you can also contact Orissa Tourism Corporation, Bhubaneswar or tourist office in Keonjhar.
Quite a few average standard restaurants can be found near the temple. However, it’s advisable to carry some drinking water and snacks while travelling.
April – September: 6 AM – 1 PM and 3.30 PM – 8 PM
October – March: 7 AM – 1.30 PM and 3 PM – 7.30 PM
Daily Rituals at Maa Tarini Temple
- Abaskasha (The Morning Worship): Maa Tarini’s daily rituals begins at 6 AM. Before the bath ritual of the Goddess, the idol was pasted with turmeric, Chua (kind of rough oil) and sandal paste. Then water is poured on MAA to complete the ritual of Bath. Then the Puja begins in midst of Ghantas (Bells), Aarati and is completed by the daily bhoga coconut, Bananas and other sweets.
- Khichudi Dhupa (Puja at Noon): The second ritual, Khechedi Dhupa, is observed towards pre-noon everyday. Maa is offered Khichudi, a variety of cooked rice with lintels and vegetables.
- Arnna Dhupa (At Mid Day): Observed generally post-noon (1-1.30 PM) everyday. Maa is offered Arnna (Rice), Dali or Dalma.
- Sandhya Dhupa (Evening Offering): The last ritual of Maa before the temple is closed for the day. Chakuli Pitha (a varierty of cake made from rice batter) is offered.
Important Festivals Observed at the Temple of MAA
You may also like to visit Maa Tarini temple during any of the major festivals observed at the Shrine.
Makara Sankranti (January 14-16 every year)
Maha Visubha Sankranti (April 14-16 every year)
Raja Sankranti (June 14-16 every year)
Wishes come true
Devotees from all over Orissa and also from outside Orissa send thousands and thousands of coconuts to Maa Tarini temple everyday. It’s believed that offering a coconut to the Goddess brings wishes true. Collection boxes for coconuts can be seen at all big and small transport hubs in Orissa. As a matter of fact, you can hand over a coconut to ANY public transport vehicle in Orissa and rest assured the coconut will reach Maa Tarini’s temple.
Wish Maa Tarini’s blessings for everyone!
[Any additional helpful information for the devotees are welcome here.]