Taraknath Temple is considered among one of the 12 abodes of Lord Shiva or the Jyotirlinga temples in India.
Tarakeswar in Hooghly is a renowned place of pilgrimage and the greatest centre of the Shiva sect in West Bengal. 58 km away from Kolkata, Temple of Taraknath The principal attraction is the temple of Taraknath, an 'atchala' structure with a 'natmandir' in front. Close by are the shrines of Kali and Lakshmi-Narayan. Dudhpukur, a tank to the north of the Shiva temple is believed to fulfil the prayers of those taking a dip in it.
Pilgrims visit the temple throughout the year, especially on Mondays. But thousands of pilgrims visit Tarakeswar on the occasions of 'Shivaratri' and 'Gajan'.The month of Sravana (mid-July to mid-August) is auspicious for Shiva when celebrations are held on each Monday.
Tarakeshwar experiences a heavy flow of pilgrims during the Sravan month (July – August). Maha Shivratri is an important festival here celebrated in the month of February-March. .
Other festival celebrated here are the Bengali New Year (Chaitra Sankranti) festival.
The nearest airport is in Kolkata.RAIL
Tarakeshwar has its own a train station and can be reached by local trains from Howrah station. Howrah, at a distance of 44 kms from Tarakeshwar.ROAD
Tarakeswar is 58 KM from Kolkatta and can be reached by local buses or private cars and taxis.