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Tarkulha Devi Temple is a holy place of worship not only for local people but also for people from as far as Bihar, Bengal, MP, and Rajasthan. The name Tarkulaha has been derived from a local tree named Taad found in the area. This place is also associated with Amar Shaheed Bandhu Singh, famous for his role in the 1st struggle for freedom in 1857. There is a month-long mela (funfair) every year starting from Chaitra Ramnavami at the Tarkulaha Devi Temple. People from far-flung locations visit ‘Tarkulaha Mela’ to shop for their annual requirements of Garam Masala (Indian Spices) and to enjoy the traditional ‘Nautanki’ (drama), Nag Kanya shows, and small circuses. Also, Tarkulaha Devi Temple was Shaheed Bandhu Singh's favorite place.
This page is here to give you information regarding the Tarkulaha Devi Temple. For those of you who are not familiar with the area or its history, may be unaware of this temple. You may have previously taken holidays to places such as the UK and stayed at Britannia Bournemouth or you could have gone to France, but have never been to a place like this before. If you are thinking about visiting here then this is a must-see place.
Taking a trip to Chauri Chaura may be unlike any you have done before. It is a place full of history and really rich in culture. Your eyes will be opened by the wonderful sites and your nose will be delighted by the divine smells you find here. Visiting the Tarkulaha Devi Temple is sure to be a spiritual and moving experience for any visitor.
Tarkulha Devi Temple was a favorite place for freedom fighter Bandhu Singh. He was born on 1st May 1833 in a Zamindar family of Babu Shiv Prasad Singh of Dumari Riyasat. He had 5 brothers named Dal Hamman Singh, Tejai Singh, Fateh Singh, Jheenak Singh, and Karia Singh. It is said that Bandhu Singh always dreamt of India's independence from the British. He was a great devotee of Tarkulaha Devi. He used to fight the British with Guerilla war techniques. There is a saying that he used to sacrifice the heads of enemies in the Tarkulaha Devi Temple. Finally, he was arrested by the British and hanged publically at Ali Nagar Chauraha in Gorakhpur on 12th August 1857. People say that 7 times the hangman was unable to hang him due to rope breaking every time by the grace of Tarkulaha Devi. It was successful only at the 8th time when Bandhu Singh prayed Mata Tarkulara Devi.
How to Reach:
Gorakhpur is the nearest airport to reach Tarkulha Devi Temple.
To reach Tarkulha Devi Temple one can take a train upto Chaurichaura from Deoria or Gorakhpur.
Buses and taxis are available from Gorakhpur or Deoria or ChauriChaura to reach Tarkulha Devi temple.