Maa Tarini Temple, Ghatgaon, Keonjhar
Maa Tarini Temple Ghatgaon,Keonjhar, Odisha

Maa Tarini is the presiding deity for all Shakti peeths or shrines in Odisha. The origin of Shakti or worship of the Earth as a female embodiment of power is found across many cultures all over the world. In Odisha which has a high density of tribal population whose religious practices have been assimilated into the mainstream Hindu faith, the worship of natural formations such as rocks, tree trunks, and rivers is widespread among the tribes.

In 1475 AD, when Odisha was known as Kalinga. King Purusottam Dev ruled Kalinga. Legends galore present Lord Jagannath as a friend, philosopher and guide to his devotee, be he a prince or a common man. One legend with a delightful association with the car festival concerns King Purusottam Dev (15th century). Travelling through South India, the young king chanced to see Princess Padmavati of Kanchi, and was charmed by her beauty. He proposed to the father of Princess. The minister of Kanchi proceeded to Puri to finalise the arrangements for the wedding. That was the time of the car festival was in full swing. He saw the king sweeping a part of the chariot where the deity was to be placed. This signified that even the king was a humble servant of the Lord.

Marriage to a sweeper was unacceptable and hence the marriage was called off. As the king was insulted; he declared war on Kanchi. Govinda Bhanja was his Senapati or General of his army. Bhanja was the son of the king of Keonjhar and was staying in Puri because of differences with his father. Few days later on demise of the king of Keonjhar, Govinda Bhanja had to move to Keonjhar. He requested to take with him Goddess Maa Shakti (Earlier worshipped by Rama Chandra during the search for Sita as per the epic Ramayana) which he was brought after the win over Kanchi.

Goddess Maa Shakti agreed to follow Bhanja provided he never looked backed all the way from Puri to Keonjhar. Bhanja agreed and the two left on horseback. Near the Baitarini River in modern Keonjhar district, Bhanja could no longer hear the following horse. He looked back and Maa halted then and there and asked Bhanja to construct her temple and worship her there.
Goddess Maa Shakti was named Maa Tarini. Maa Tarini is worshipped by all sections of people of Odisha & people from different parts of the world.

Districtwise Tourist Places in Odisha Picnic Places in Odisha Museums In Odisha
Major Tourist Places of Odisha Tourist Map Guide Distance Calculator
Odisha Flight Timings Odisha Train Timings Distance From BBSR
Visitor's Corner
Send  Free  SMS
Odia Jokes
Odia Daily Horoscope
Odia Calendar
Odia Yearly Horoscope
Ollywood Updates
Odia Recipes
Chhota Mora Gaan Ti
Odia Greetings Cards
Odia Dhaga Dhamali
Odia FB Comments Pics
General Information
Apply Voter-Id Online
Check Aadhar Card Status
Apply Passport Online
Apply Pan Card Online
Check PF Balance Online
Odisha Exam Results 2024
Blood Banks in Odisha
Government of Odisha
Districts Of Odisha
PIN Codes of Odisha
Odia News Links
Odisha Yellow Pages
Odisha Rly Station Codes
Member's Zone
Register As A Member
NuaOdisha Member Login
Member Forgot Password?
Post Free Classified Ads
Post A Joke
Subscribe Odisha Job Alerts
Organisation Post Free Jobs
Post An Articles
Odia Poetry N Stories
Post About Your Village
Post Your Initiative
Our Partners
Contact Us
Tourist Corner
Train Timing Of Odisha
Flight Timing Of Odisha
Bus Timing Of Odisha
Famous Tourist Places
Famous Temples
Famous Picnic Spots
Museums in Odisha
Hotels in Odisha
Tourist Maps
Tours N Travels
ATM Counters in Odisha
Distance Calculator
Follow Us
|| Disclaimer || Privacy Policy ||
Alternate Text