About Taradevi temple
Dedicated to Mata Bhagwati Taradevi temple is located at a distance of 20 kilometers from Shimla. It is situated on a hill top of Shimla which is to the side of NH 5, Chandigarh – Shimla road. The temple area being placed on hill top like Jakhu has has exquisite view. On to one side you can see an awesome view of Shimla and peaks behind and onto other side you can see smaller mountain peaks but views are great to this side as well.
The reason you should visit this place is for its natural beauty. It is situated away from traffic and city noises. You will feel relaxed with the peacefulness this place has to offer.
Every sunday Bhandaras (giving free food) are given to devotees. Fairs are held at this temple during the Navaratras and Ashtami.
A little History
It is a believed that Tara mata was brought to Himachal Pradesh hundred of years ago from Bengal . The king of Sen Dynasty brought Maa Tara his family deity in the form of an locket encased gold Idol . The idol remained encased for a long time and one of the later kings of dynasty, Bhupendra Sen had a vision of Tara mata with her Dwarpal Bhairav and Hanuman Ji . Tara mata said that she wants to have a physical existence in this place . Bhupendra sen donated a vast land area on the name of Tara devi. A temple was constructed and a golden idol was kept there. Raja Balbir Sen one of the descendants of the dynasty saw a dream in which Goddess Tara told him that she wishes the temple to be placed at hill top. In the year 1825 the temple was constructed on top of Tarav Parbat and a Ashtdhatu (made of eight metals) idol was kept there.
How to Reach
There are two paths you can choose from. One is by walking upto the temple from tara devi stoppage upto hill top that will require efforts but surely not difficult. Other way is to drive upto temple via Shogi. The roads ends at a slight distance from temple. You need to walk a little to reach temple. We are tour service providers and you can ask our representative to include this in your itinerary.