: তারকেশ্বর) is a town and a municipality
in Hooghly District
in the Indian state
of West Bengal
. It is a police station in Chandannagar
subdivision. Tarakeswar is a renowned place of pilgrimage and the greatest centre of the Shiva sect in West Bengal. 58 km away from Kolkata, Tarakeswar can be reached conveniently by train.
Tarakeswar is located at . It has an average elevation of 18 metres
The Howrah-Tarakeswar line was opened in 1885.It is part of the Kolkata Suburban Railway
As of 2001
, Tarakeswar had a population of 28,178. Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%. Tarakeswar has an average literacy rate of 72%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 78%, and female literacy is 66%. In Tarakeswar, 10% of the population is under 6 years of age.
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 former taking place in Falgun (Feb-March) while the latter lasts for five days ending on the last day of Chaitra (mid-April). The month of Sravana (mid-July to mid-August) is auspicious for Shiva when celebrations are held on each Monday.
There is a Buddhist Temple just 6 km away from Tarakeswar. The name of the place is Deulpara. It is the only Buddha Temple in Hooghly District. Very nice place to be calm and be in peace.
Tarakeswar is part of Arambagh (Lok Sabha constituency)