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One of the most important centres of Tantric Hinduism, TARAPITH lies 50km north of Shantiniketan and is easily visited on a daytrip. The temple and the cremation ground, in a grove beside the river littered with shrines, are popular with Tantric sadhus, and it’s not uncommon to witness rituals involving skulls and cremation ashes. The temple, in a perpetually busy courtyard, is dedicated to the mysterious and feared goddess Tara, who appears here with a silver face and large eyes.

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