The Tara Devi Temple is located on one of the popular hill stations, Shimla of Himachal Pradesh. The temple is around 12 kms away from Shimla, near the side of Kalka-Shimla highway near Soghi. It is surrounded by the fragranced Pine tree forests and thriving green pastures that offer cool breeze to their visitors. As the temple is situated on the top of the hill, it offers a full panoramic view of the town offering a breathtaking view of the enchanted forest and the mountains that makes the whole nature protective under the gaze of Goddess Sharda.
Around 250 years ago, the temple was established by one of the Kings of the Sen dynasty. It is said that one of the kings of the Sen Empire always wore a locket on his arm that covered the tiny gold idol in it. The idol was their deity Goddess Tara. Since then the idol was covered in the locket for many years ahead. After many years, King Bhupendra Sen, the 96th king after that, had a bizarre vision when he was out in the Juggar forest, nearby to the present hill. He saw Mata Taradevi along with her dwarpal Bhairav and Hanuman Ji. They expressed their desire to be revealed before the people. The King then instantly bestowed his land for the goddess and constructed a temple for Mata Tara Devi. He also made an idol built of wooden of goddess. Later on, King Balbir of the Sen Empire had the vision of goddess expressing her desire to be established on the hill top of Tarav Parvat. The King got the idol of goddess Tara Devi prepared from the Ashtdhatu , eight rare metals found on earth, to be established on the hill top.
Not only did he make the idol so rare and architecturally a masterpiece but also had the grand inauguration of the temple. He carried the idol of goddess on the massive elephant named “Shiva” from his capital Junga till the temple. This grand establishment of temple was in the Vikram Era in 1825 year. The Sen Dynasty still carry on this tradition of worshipping goddess on the Sharidya Navratri Ashtami each year. A large fair is conducted on the same day of the year to mark the prosperity of the town and dynasty.
As the temple is away from the town, between thick forests, it gives the visitors an invigorated and calm experience away from the dusty and noisy atmosphere of the urban areas. The temple of Tara Devi is believed to be protecting the forest and town from the evil spirits and removes the hardships from their worshipper’s lives. It is a beautiful temple marking the serenity of the goddess and fulfilling the wishes of their devotees. There’s no reason why people should not come here to gain the goddess’ blessings in the enchanting atmosphere, offering peace to their minds and heart that purifies their souls. This place is truly a twinkling star in the high mountains.
How to reach :-
By Road :-Located atop a hill, around 11 kms away from main Shimla, Tara Devi Temple can be accessed via the Kalka-Shimla Highway. You can hire a cab to reach here.
By Train :-The nearest railway station to Tara Devi Temple is shimla train station junction which is 5 KM away from Tara Devi Temple .
By Air :-The nearest airport to Tara Devi Temple is shimla airport which is 7 KM away from Tara Devi Temple.
Accommodation:- Hotels,rooms and rest rooms are available at reasonable costs near the temple.Online booking facility is also available.