Tarapith is a small town near Rampurhat in Birbhum district of West Bengal. The Tantric Hindu temple is dedicated to goddess Tara, a fearsome Tantric aspect of the Hindu Divine Mother. Tarapith is also famous for Bamakhepa, known as the 'mad saint', who worshiped in the temple and resided in the cremation grounds as a mendicant and practised and perfected Yoga and the Tantric art. Bama Khepa dedicated his entire life to the worship of mother Tara. His ashram is also located close to the temple.
Geographically, Tarapith is located at 24.11°N 87.80°E on the banks of the Dwarka River in West Bengal. It is located in the flood plains amidst green paddy fields. The town is located 6 km from Rampurhat Sub-Division in the Birbhum district.
To go to Tarapith from Kolkata by train, there are several mail trains and express trains from Kolkata (either Sealdah or Howrah route) which gives a stoppage at Rampurhat. Then from Rampurhat station, there are several rickshaws or cars that can be hired to go to Tarapith.
By road one has to travel along the Panagarh-Moregram expressway. If one is travelling from Siuri, then one has to turn right just before entering Rampurhat and travel around 11 km to reach Tarapith.
There are around 350 lodges or hotels in Tarapith, mostly catering to budget tourists. There is nothing too luxurious as this is a pilgrimage center but there is no problem in getting a place to stay.
From Tarapith, there are some nearby places worth visiting, such as Nalhati, Bakreshwar, Birchandrapur, and some others and of course Bolpur Shantiniketan.
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