There are several legends recited on the origin and significance of this place, all related to the goddess Tara deified in the Tarapith tabernacle. A well- known legend relates to the Shakti Piths. Sati, the consort of Shiva, felt disrespected when her father Daksha designedly didn't invite Shiva to the great yajña" the fire immolation" he organized. Despite of Shiva's turndown citing that they are not invited, when Sati still arrived to the scene, Daksha disrespected Shiva by saying curse words for him in front of all the attendants. unfit to bear this demotion, Sati gave up her life by jumping into the yajña fire. rankled by this woeful turn of events, Shiva went wild. also, Vishnu, in order to pacify Shiva, devastated the body of Sati with his chakram. Sati's body part fell each over the Indian key. The places where the body corridor fell have come centres of deification of the Goddess in different instantiations. There are 51 similar holy tabernacles which are called Shakti Piths; in West Bengal, there are numerous similar piths, similar as the Kalighat.
Vashistha had seen this form and worshipped the goddess Sati in the form of Tara. Another legend describes the following Shiva had drunk the bane that had surfaced by the churning of the cosmic abysses, to save the macrocosm. To relieve the violent burning in his throat, Sati – in the form of Tara – bone fed Shiva to relieve him of the effect of bane in his throat. Another original history is that Vasishtha chose this place for the deification of Sati as it was formerly known as a Tarapith. Among piths, Tarapith is a siddha pith, which grants enlightenment, wisdom, happiness and siddhis(" supernatural powers").