Maa Tarini Temple,Ghatgaon
The place is known through the state for the shrine of Goddess Tarini Pitha. The place is famous as a centre of pilgrimage for Ghatagaoni. A P.W.D. I.B., Tarini Yatri niwas of Tarini Trust and a Panthasala of Tourism Deptt. Are available to cater the accommodation facilities.
How to Reach :
Ghatagaon is only 50 km from Keonjhar town. Tourists visiting Ghatagaon have to pick the bus Services from Bhubaneswar to Keonjhar. Tourists travelling by bus can find also direct bus services to Ghatagaon Pitha Mandir. Those who travel by train the nearest Railway Station is Harichandanpur(17 K.M. From Ghatagaon).Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Odisha, is the only civil airport in the state connected to different parts of the country through regular flights. From Bhubaneswar very good road transport facility is available to reach the Temple of MAA.
Best Time :
- November to Frebruary
- Makara Sankranti (January 14-16 every year)
- Maha Visubha Sankranti (April 14-16 every year)
- Raja Sankranti (June 14-16 every year)
District Headquarter : Kendujhar
State Capital : Bhubaneswar
Nearest Railway Station : Harichandanpur Railway Station
Nearest Airport : Bhubaneswar
The history of the temple is drawn in the depth of the past. However the known legends indicate that the deity was installed in the year 1480 by the then ruler of Kendujhar state Sri Gobinda Bhanjadeo.During “Kanchi War” the then ruler of Puri Sri Purusottamdev choosed Sri Gobinda Bhanja the ruler of Keonjhar as “Senapati” and under his leadership he was able to conquered Kanchi. King Purusottam Dev won the war and Princess Padmavati came with King Purusottam Dev. King wanted to bring Maa Tarini along with Lord Madanmohan , Raghunathjew to Puri. They prayed them to bring them. Thus they came to Kalinga or Odisha. After that Sri Purusottamdev was pleased and wanted to reward Sri Gobinda Bhanja. Sri Gobinda Bhanja asked to take the deity “MAA TARINI” along with him to Keonjhar state. King Purusottam Dev agreed to this and asked him to ask Maa’s permission. Govinda Bhanja prayed MAA and MAA agreed with one condition. Maa said she will go with him as long as Govinda Bhanja doesn’t look back to see Maa. With this Condition Maa went with Govinda Bhanjha to Kendujhar(Keonjhar). On the way from Puri to Kendujhar, Maa horse hoof sounds were audible. On the forest of Kendujhar, Maa’s horse hoofs was not audible to Govinda Bhanja. He got scared that Maa stayed behind and he turned to look back to see. There n then Maa turned into stone at Ghatgaon at the present place where the deity is installed. Govinda Bhanjha prayed Maa for forgiveness but Maa said she has made the condition with him before coming. And she will stay in the wild jungle and asked Govinda Bhanjha to worship in that place. Till today Maa Tarini is being worshiped in Ghatagaon. Which is now a major tourist attraction in Kendujhar (Odisha).
In the year 1970 the management of the deity was took over by the Orissa Hindu Religious Endowment Department of Govt. of Orissa by continuing a Board of Non-hereditary-Trustees under the provision of O.H.R.E. Act. The Present temple was constructed in the year 1980 by the then Trust Board.