Tārā was the wife and queen of Vālī, the vānara king of Kiṣkindhā. See RĀMĀYAṆA for details.


The wife of Bṛhaspati, the preceptor of the gods, was also Tārā. She bore him six sons and one daughter, Svāhā by name.

Once she was abducted by Candra (Moon). And Budha (the planet Mercury) was born as their son. She was restored to Bṛhaspati by Brahmā, the creator.

In the tantras, Tārā is mentioned as an aspect of the Divine Mother or Śakti. Eight forms like Tārā, Ugratārā, Vajrā and Kāmeśvarī are also described.

Her image is shown as having a face with three eyes, and two hands. She is dark-green in colour. She holds lotus flowers in her hands. Her mantra has ten akṣaras (letters or syllables).