Black Tara: Tibetan goddess of power. The goddess Tara is worshipped in many forms throughout Eurasia, and in the Hindu and Buddhist traditions. In her Black Tara manifestation, she controls the power of the will and measures our actions against our intentions. She administers the tests required for a soul to evolve and achieve enlightenment. The Black Tara rules over spirits and exorcisms, and heals afflictions of the mind and body.
Tara’s themes are Universal Unity, peace, cooperation, destiny, energy and spirituality. Her symbol is a star. In Hindu mythology, Tara is a star Goddess who encompasses all time and the spark of life. She extends this energy to us, fulfilling our spiritual hunger. In so doing, Tara strengthens our understanding of the Universe and its mysteries and gives us a glimpse of our destiny.
Bodhgaya, India - A monk changes the robe of the Buddha image in the inner sanctum of the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya, India. Bodhgaya is where the Buddha reached enlightenment and is thus the most important Buddhist pilgrimage destination in the world.