At the entrance the camera and mobile phone are collected, and photography is not allowed. So I submitted my phone and entered inside the temple. There is a lane which directly takes you to the sanctum. As I reached near I could see the diety covered with coconut surrounded by four pillars. The temple structure is unlike any typical Kalinga style deula architecture. Rather except for the prefect top enclosure, there are no walls, only pillars to support the top. This gives 360 degrees view to devotees and the deity Mother's 360 degree blessings showered .Lots of coconuts where offered by the pilgrims. Devotees from all over Orissa and also from outside Orissa send thousands and thousands of coconuts to Maa Tarini temple every day. It’s believed that offering a coconut to the Goddess brings wishes true. Collection boxes for coconuts can be seen at all big and small transport hubs in Orissa. As a matter of fact, you can hand over a coconut to ANY public transport vehicle in Orissa and rest assured the coconut will reach Maa Tarini’s temple.
Maa Tarini is always depicted as a red face with two large eyes and a mark in the middle which serves as an indication for a nose and also a tilak. This primitive conception is symbolic of the simplicity of tribal beliefs and ceremonies. The red colour has been attributed to dyes made out of iron ores which are quite plentiful in the state and would thus have been used by the tribes for anointing and decorating the sacred figures of worship. The ornate letters in the background mean "Maa" or Mother in the Odia language.
One can get a devine feeling in the temple,it was very peacefull. It is belived that Maa has always answered the prayers of her devotees. Maa’s has given each one of them what they deserve to get. Maa needs nothing from her devotees except few things like dedication, pureness and love.
Prasadam is available for ₹45/- per person if you wish to eat there. Parcel is also there for an extra charge. The prasadam is a complete meal consisting of salt with one green chilly, khichadi rice, mango tokku, mixed vegetable, dal with vegetables, white rice and kheer served on leaf plates. There is a handicraft store selling local crafts at reasonable price.
There are many stories that revolve around the history of the lord. Many debates run around the historians regarding he installation of the god.
I liked the peace and divine feeling of the place. I took blessing of Maa and had tasty Prasadam at the premisis. Also the place atmosphere was so cool that you will never want to comeback.. I would suggest visiting once in a life for everyone to get the blessings of Maa Tarini……………..