Thursday, April 2, 2009

5 lakh devotees throng Taratarini

Berhampur: 31/March/2009
More than 5 lakh devotees thronged to the Maa Taratarini hill shrine on the auspicious occasion of the Third Tuesday of the holy Chaitra Festival and Navaratra. On 31 March there was huge crowd of devotees at the Sthana Peetha of Mata Sati, near Berhampur city, Orissa.
Maa Taratarini Hill Shrine is one of the oldest pilgrimage centers of Mother Goddess and is one amongst the four major ancient Shakti Pithas in India. The Mythological Texts recognize four major Shakti Peethas (centers) like Bimala, Tara Tarini (Orissa), Kamakshi (Assam) and Dakhina Kalika (West Bengal, Kolkata) among the 52 sacred Shakti Peethas, which originated from the limbs of the Corpse of Mata Sati in the Satya Yuga.
All arrangements were in place, thanks to the initiative of the Taratarini Development Board (TTDB). Satybrat Sahu, Chairman of TTDB & RDC Southern Division and other officials are overseeing the arrangements.
The Temple administration and TTDB made wide ranging arrangements like security, transport, Prasad, drinking water, medical services for all the devotees. And arrangement of barbers for tonsure (Mundan)on this occasion has been in place.
The fair on the Third Tuesday has passed of peacefully.
It is believed that the month of Chaitra and the four Tuesdays of this month are auspicious for Shakti Puja in this Breast Shrine of Mata Sati. So, every year lakhs of devotees visit this shrine on these days.
But this year the number of devotes visited this holy Shrine till today has surpassed all the records of earlier years. Owing to the massive development works undertaken by the 'TTDB on the lines of ‘Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine’ and good arrangements for the convenience of devotees, around 15 lakh devotes have already visited this Shrine in this auspicious month.
A massive temple is being built up by Padma Bhusan Raghunath Mahapatra and soon it will be completed, said TTDB sources. Mr.Sahu, RDC is taking interest for early completion of the complex and once it is ready, this will attract huge number of devotees.

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