The Goddess Tara is worshipped in both Hinduism and Buddhism as the goddess of compassion and protection. In Hinduism, she is a form of the female primordial energy known as shakti. The name comes from the Sanskrit root tar, meaning “protection.” In other Indian languages, the name translates as “star.” Tara first appeared as a deity in Hinduism, but was later adopted by Buddhism. In fact, in some traditions, she is considered the female Buddha. In Tibetan Buddhism, she is the most popular deity worshipped today.
Tara is the second of the ten great wisdom goddesses (dasa mahavidyas). In tantric traditions, she may be considered an incarnation of Durga, Parvati or Mahadevi. Goddess Tara protects those on their journey to enlightenment, as well as earthly travelers. In some traditions, Tara appears in different forms; the two best known versions of her are White Tara, the embodiment of compassion and peace, and Green Tara, who is the great protectress and overcomer of obstacles.
Two of the yoga poses that honor the Goddess Tara are star pose (Tarasana) and seated Tara. In star pose, the yogi sits in butterfly pose, grasps the feet and folds forward. In seated Tara, one leg is bent, with the shin on the ground and close to the body while the other leg is bent, with the knee pointing to the sky and the sole of the foot on the ground. Bhumi sparsha mudra is recommended with the corresponding hand resting on the ground next to the soled foot and the other hand covering the heart center.
Goddess Tara Mantra List:
Tara Mool Mantra:
ॐ ह्रीं स्त्रीं हुं फट्॥
Om Hreem Streem Hum Phat॥
Ekakshari Tara Mantra (1 Syllable Mantra):
Tin Akshari Tara Mantra (3 Syllables Mantra):
ॐ हूं स्त्रीं हूं॥
Om Hum Streem Hum॥
Chaturakshar Tara Mantra (4 Syllables Mantra):
ॐ ह्रीं ह्रीं स्त्रीं हूं॥
Om Hreem Hreem Streem Hum॥
Panchakshari Tara Mantra (5 Syllables Mantra):
ॐ ह्रीं त्रीं ह्रुं फट्॥
Om Hreem Treem Hum Phat॥
Shadakshar Tara Mantra (6 Syllables Mantra):
ऐं ॐ ह्रीं क्रीं हूं फट्॥
Aim Om Hreem Kreem Hum Phat॥
Saptakshar Tara Mantra (7 Syllables Mantra):
ॐ त्रीं ह्रीं, ह्रूं, ह्रीं, हुं फट्॥
Om Treem Hreem, Hrum, Hreem, Hum Phat॥
Hansa Tara Mantra:
ऐं स्त्रीं ॐ ऐं ह्रीं फट् स्वाहा॥
Aim Streem Om Aim Hreem Phat Svaha॥
Goddess Tara Mantra Significance:
Chanting Mantra of Maa Tara- the blue goddess guides and protects; and helps to tide over hard turmoil of life. Maa Tara Mantra helps move on to the pathway of Salvation. Tara being the deity of accomplishments is strongly worshipped by entrepreneurs for success. Maa Tara who is described as a benevolent, compassionate, gentle and spirited young woman, eager to help and to protect as per Buddhists, the Mahavidya Tara is a rather fearsome goddess striking terror. She is also moody and harmful. Chanting the rosary with proper sanctity & pure worship also makes Tara-Mahavidya benevolent and compassionate. During the sagar manthan, Lord Shiva drank the poison to save the world from destruction. But Lord Shiva went unconscious because of the strong & powerful effect of the poison. At that point Goddess Durga appeared as Tara and saved lord Shiva. Such is the effect of Maa Tara worship & Mantra chanting, the savior Mantra.
Goddess Tara Pooja Benefits:
1) Planetary positions forming a markesha yoga
2) Enormous debt that pushes a person to extreme poverty
3) Obstacles in functioning of business etc
4) Lack of success and loses consistently in education & career
5) Obstruction in promotion and destruction of career
6) Social, financial and physical instance of misfortune
7) Unnecessary and unforeseen trouble resulting from an unfortunate event.
8) From bad influence of planet Jupiter