Tara Devi Temple in Shimla

Tara Devi Temple Overview

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Located amidst picturesque environs on Shimla-Kalka Highway, Tara Devi Temple is a prominent place of religious importance. Nestled atop the Tara Parvat, this temple is approximately 15 km away from the hill station of Shimla. It is a 250-year-old temple of Maa Bhagwati Tara Devi - a form of Goddess Durga.

This religious edifice flaunts beautiful architecture and its quaint beauty mesmerizes onlookers at the very first glance. The idol of the Goddess is made of ashtadhatu - a unique combination of 8 elements.

Raja Balbir Sen of the Sen dynasty built this shrine in 1825, during the Vikrami era. There are many legends associated with the origins of the temple. According to one of those, Raja Balbir's ancestor, Raja Bhupender Sen, had envisioned Maa Tara - the deity of his dynasty, and built a shrine in eastern West Bengal. Later, when Raja Balbir Sen had a vision of the deity expressing her desire to be placed on Tara Parvat, he got an ashtadhatu idol made by a Gusanwu artist. An elephant named Shankar carried the idol from West Bengal to Himachal Pradesh.

A backdrop framed by dense Pine forests and the distant snow-capped Himalayas complements the beauty of the shrine. On Shardiya Navratras' Ashtami (8th day of the Puja), an annual fair is organised in the temple complex, attracting hordes of devotees. The predecessors of Sen dynasty still come to Tara Devi during the fair to offer prayers to the deity.

  • Opening Closing Time 07:00 am – 06:30 pm. Open all days

  • Entrance Fee Free

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Shoghi Bypass, Tara Devi, 171010, Himachal Pradesh