Maha Samshan Story
Maha Samshan of Tarapith
"Maha-Shamshan" (great Cremation Ground) of Tarapith
According to Hindu Iconography if a person is not married or has not crossed the age of 12 years, he/she should be buried and his dead body is not burnt in fire. Such a ritual is applicable in case of sages also. In this Maha-Shamshan there are plenty of graves of Sages. Vaishnava (people who are the followers of Lord Vishnu or incarnations of his) grave yard is different from the one for Shaiva sects (people who are the followers of Shiva and Shakti and their incarnations) . All the visitors have to roam around here without wearing shoes or any footwear. At all times, there may be the holy presence of Goddess and her Yoginis, and even Vairabh also. So it is necessary to remove footwear before entering the Maha-Shamshan..