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Tarakeshwar is one of the prominent pilgrimage centers in Bengal. Tarakeshwar is located near Serampore near Calcutta in Bengal.

This temple dates back to the 18th century. Legend has it that a devotee by name Vishnu Das emigrated with his clan from Oude (Ayodhya) and was viewed with suspicion by the locals. It is believed that he proved his innocence by holding in his hand a red hot iron bar. Later, his brother discovered a site in the nearby jungle, where cattle discharged the contents of their udders at a particular spot each day. Upon investigation, they discovered a Shivalingam. A dream is said to have revealed to them that this Shivalingam was a manifestation of Tarakeshwar - Shiva. A temple was built at this spot, and was renovated in subsequent years.

This temple is typical of Bengali temples, with a sanctum and a porch in front of it. The four sided porch has three arched openings railings on its roof. In front of the porch is the convregational hall.

Mondays attract scores of pilgrims. A fair - mela commemorates Shivratri in the month of February - March. Also celebrated in a grand manner here is the Chaitra Sankranti or the Bengali new year.