Maa has Four Incarnations these are:
1. TARA(also worshipped as Goddess of wealth-Lakshmi)
2. UGRO TARA
3. MAHA UGRO TARA
4. NEEL SARASWATI (also worshipped as Goddess of Knowledge
who safeguards against water accidents)
Tara is one of DUS (Ten) MAHAVIDYAS of Maa
Shakti. She is also the GURU of BRIHASPATI (Jupiter)
who in turn is the Guru of all the nine planets.
When Sati Maa could not tolerate the taunts and insults
made by her father Daksha against her husband Lord
Shiva, She immersed Herself in fire. As He received the
shocking news, an angered Lord Shiva broke into a Dance
carrying the body of His beloved wife on his shoulder. The world
shook from fear of destruction.
Fearing that the whole world would come to an end, the Devas
went to Lord Vishnu to somehow stop Lord Shiva
from destroying the world. Lord Vishnu cut the body of
Sati Maa into 108 pieces with His Sudarshan Chakra.
With the body gone which was the source of grief, Lord Shiva
regained His composure and the world was saved.
It is believed that some parts of the body fell in the ocean
and some on land covering the whole of the Indian subcontinent.
The places where the parts of the body fell have become holy
places and are known as Shakti Pithas, where Mother is
worshiped in her different Incarnations. There are 51 Shaktipithas
in all so far, there may be more. Maa Tara is one of
Shakti's Incarnation. It is believed that she is the third eye
of Maa Shakti. Tarapith is where Maa Tara
first come to know of Tarapith from Brahmrishi Vashistdev.
Brahmrishi Vashistdev wished to receive Siddhi
from Tara Maa, for this he had to do Sadhana,
but after years of Sadhana he could not earn Siddhi.
Then one day he heard a devya vani from the skies. It asked
him to visit Buddharupi Janardhan in Mahachin.
On meeting Buddharupi Janardhan, Vashistdev was
asked to meditate on the banks of river Dwarka in Birbhum
district of what is now called West Bengal. On doing
so Vashistdev received Siddhi from Tara Maa.